MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A former prosecutor is becoming a circuit judge in Mississippi.

Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that he is appointing Charles W. Wright Jr. to be one of two judges in the 10th Circuit Court District in Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale and Wayne counties.

Wright begins Oct. 30. He will succeed Judge Justin Cobb, who died while jogging in early September.

Wright earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1971. He was as assistant district attorney for the 3rd Circuit Court District from 1976 to 1978.

In the 10th District, Wright was an assistant district attorney from 1978 to 1979, then was the district attorney from 1979 to 1988. He has been in private law practice since 1988.