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Judge won’t dismiss charges against ex-Mississippi officer

March 19, 2019

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A judge is again refusing to dismiss manslaughter charges against a former Mississippi police officer.

The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County Circuit Judge Lee Coleman rejected a defense motion Friday to dismiss the case for lack of prosecution.

Prosecutors for the attorney general’s office told Coleman the request was just a re-invented version of previous failed attempts to throw out the indictment.

Canyon Boykin, who is white, was indicted in the 2015 shooting death of a black man in Columbus.

Boykin says he shot Ricky Ball after the 26-year-old appeared to point a gun at Boykin during a foot chase.

Boykin settled a wrongful termination suit against Columbus last year. The city also settled a wrongful death lawsuit by Ball’s heirs.

No trial date for Boykin has been set.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com