- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) - Two Louisiana men seeking charges of aggravated assault against an off-duty sheriff’s deputy with will have to pursue lesser charges of simple assault in a lower court, a Mississippi judge has ruled.

Swill Charles of Zachary and Derrick Deamer of Baton Rouge say Amite County deputy Danny Meaux pulled a gun on them June 3.

The Enterprise-Journal reports Meaux (https://bit.ly/1rnZgkw) was working security at an oil well when he says he saw an oilfield wastewater truck run a vehicle off the road. Meaux gave chase and pulled his gun.

Mississippi law requires a probable cause hearing before charging a deputy. Wednesday, Amite County Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson ruled that doesn’t apply because Meaux was off duty.

Johnson also ruled against aggravated assault charges because there were no injuries.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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