- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A former sheriff’s daughter who pleaded guilty in 2004 to biting a Tupelo police officer’s thigh is in trouble with the law again.

WTVA-TV (https://bit.ly/1Q3IBTL ) reports that records show Jada Presley was jailed Saturday in Lee County on a charge of burglary, and her mother, Charlene Presley, on a charge of breaking and entering.

Charlene Presley is the widow of former Lee County Sheriff Harold Ray Presley. Jada Presley is their daughter.

Tupelo police say they’ll release details Monday.

It was not clear whether the Presleys have attorneys who could comment on the arrests. Phone numbers listed as theirs in an online database have been disconnected.

Attorney William Stennett, who represented Jada Presley at her trials in 2004, said he is not currently representing her.

She was arrested in July 2002 after a fight at J.R.’s Restaurant and Lounge in Tupelo, where she was accused of biting the upper left thigh of Tupelo police officer Jimmy “Cotton” McCoy.

Two trials on a felony charge of assaulting a police officer ended with hung juries.

Her attorneys argued that Presley was defending herself from assault.

McCoy testified that he was trying to arrest her for disorderly conduct in the parking lot outside the restaurant.

“She had ahold of my leg with her teeth, and I had to forcibly remove her from my leg,” he testified during the second trial.

Presley pleaded guilty in May 2004 to misdemeanor simple assault and resisting arrest.

She was given concurrent six-month sentences and fined $750, with the jail time and $500 in fines suspended on two conditions: She had to stay out of the court district covering Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties during that time, and she could not violate any other law.

But she wound up sentenced to 13 months - including two 15-day sentences for contempt of court - and payment of all fines after being arrested at a safety roadblock in Tupelo on Sept. 18, 2004, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported at the time.

Defense attorney Jason Shelton told Judge Sharion Aycock that Presley’s mother had come to visit her in Memphis, but when the friend who drove her to Memphis became ill, Presley drove her mother home.

He said she was leaving town when she drove up to the roadblock.

When officers asked for her identification, Presley told them she didn’t have any, but her name was “Charlotte Presley.” Later, when asked, she told them her real name.



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