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Grand Jury Indicts Byford

By David Howell


COFFEEVILLE  – A Coffeeville man has been indicted in a 2016 crash that severely injured Coffeeville Police officer Milton Hervey. Clinton Dwayne Byford was indicted by a grand jury in the First Judicial District during the October term for DUI Injury and possession of methamphetamine. 

The indictment was served last week after Byford was released from prison on an unrelated charge. He is currently in custody in the Yalobusha County Detention Center. 

Sheriff Lance Humphreys reported Hervey was among area law enforcement officers working a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy. 330 and Hwy. 7 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Byford on August 19, 2016.

According to deputy Thomas West, who was also assisting with the traffic accident, Byford drove through the accident scene and failed to move over or change lanes when he approached the wrecker that was loading one of the damaged vehicles. Hervey was standing near the rear of the wrecker in the edge of the roadway and was struck by Byford’s vehicle and thrown more than 20 feet. Deputies discovered methamphetamine when searching Byford and suspected he was under the influence of the drug at the time of the accident. 

The indictment comes after a lengthy investigation. Troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol reconstructed the accident scene and evidence was sent to the crime lab for analysis before the information was presented to a grand jury.

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