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Our Assistant District Attorneys


BEAU STEWART Assistant District Attorney

BEAU A. STEWART

Assistant District Attorney

A native of Pearl River County, Beau graduated from Picayune Memorial High School in 1980.  He earned a bachelor’s degree (1987) and a law degree (1990) from the University of Mississippi.

In 1994, as a Special Assistant Attorney General, Beau served as Director/Prosecuting Attorney for the Coast Regional Drug Prosecution Unit, focusing on drug trafficking and gang-related crime in six coastal counties of Mississippi, following which he directed the Harrison County Drug Court Planning Initiative.  In 1996, he was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Second Circuit Court District (Harrison, Hancock, and Stone Counties), prosecuting homicides and other violent crimes, crimes against women and children, financial crimes, cases of public corruption, and drug and alcohol-related felonies.

In private practice, Beau has represented various public bodies including the City of Gulfport, Hancock County, Region 8 Housing Authority, Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission, and the City of Mobile, Alabama.  He is admitted to practice in all Mississippi courts and before the United States Supreme Court.


DOUGLAS MILLER Assistant District Attorney

DOUGLAS MILLER

Assistant District Attorney

Mr. Miller graduated from Sumrall High School in 1980, graduated from Pearl River Community College with an Associate in Arts Degree in 1982, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor in Arts in 1984, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 1987.

Mr. Miller currently prosecutes felony crimes in Lamar County.  Also, he is the City Prosecutor for the City of Purvis, and the City Prosecutor for the City of Lumberton.

Prior to being appointed Assistant District Attorney, he was Elected County Prosecutor for Lamar County in 1992 and 1996 where he served until being appointed Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Circuit Court District in 1997. He was in Private Practice in Purvis prior to being appointed Assistant District Attorney.

He is a member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church in Sumrall Mississippi and is married to Rebecca Anderson Miller, and has one son and twin daughters. He has been a lifetime resident of the 15th Circuit Court District.


LAUREN BARNES HARLESS Assistant District Attorney

LAUREN BARNES HARLESS

Assistant District Attorney

Lauren Barnes Harless graduated from Hancock High School in 1993, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi in 2000.

Lauren is licensed to practice law in the State of Mississippi. Her prior experience includes clerkships with both the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Court of Appeals.  She has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the 15th Circuit Court District since 2002 and currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney in Lamar County.

Lauren has received the Multidisciplinary Team Award for her participation in the Multidisciplinary Team in both 2003 and 2004.  She has served as the chairman of the Prosecutor’s Section of the Mississippi Bar and serves on the legislative committee of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. She has also been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, which meets quarterly in Jackson, Mississippi.

Lauren lives in Purvis, Mississippi with her husband and two daughters and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Purvis.


JOHN DOWDY Assistant District Attorney

JOHN DOWDY

Assistant District Attorney

John Dowdy is a career prosecutor with 28 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, headed the U.S. attorney’s criminal division beginning in 2004. He was court-appointed as the interim U.S. attorney in January 2011 until Gregory Davis, appointed by President Barack Obama, took office in April 2012. Dowdy then returned to his job as head of the criminal division.

In November 2016, Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Dowdy as the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics director. “John’s decades of experience as a prosecutor make him a perfect fit to lead MBN,” Bryant said in a release. Among his other honors are three Special Achievement Awards from the United States Department of Justice, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA in 1998, and the agency’s Certificate of Appreciation for his work reviewing FBI reports related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

John Dowdy graduated from Mississippi College with a bachelor of science in business administration. He earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.


KIM THOMAS HARLIN Assistant District Attorney

KIM THOMAS HARLIN

Assistant District Attorney

Kim Thomas Harlin is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi and graduated from Warren Central High School in 2000.  She received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree with Honors in History and a Minor in the Classics from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004.   Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Kim attended the University of Mississippi, School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree Cum Laude in 2007.

Kim is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Mississippi.  She has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Fifteenth Circuit Court District since 2009 and currently prosecutes felony crimes in Marion County.  Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, she served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the late Honorable R.I. Prichard for the Fifteenth District.

Presently, Kim serves as an officer for the Prosecutor’s Section of the Mississippi Bar Association and serves on the curriculum committee of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.

Kim currently lives in Hattiesburg with her husband, son and step daughter and is a member of Temple Baptist Church.


CHRISTINA H. HOLCOMB Assistant District Attorney

CHRISTINA H. HOLCOMB

Assistant District Attorney

Christina H. Holcomb is originally from Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi.  She graduated Valedictorian from Wilkinson County Christian Academy in 2001.  She met her husband, Greg Holcomb, while attending the University of Southern Mississippi.  Upon completion of law school, Christina clerked with the Honorable Edwin H. Roberts, Jr., Chancellor for the 18th Chancery Court District for over two (2) years. Christina practiced law with Williams, Williams & Montgomery, P.A. for over six (6) years.  Greg and Christina have been married for over ten (10) years, and live with their two daughters, in Poplarville, Mississippi.


LAUREL BLUE BRINKLEYAssistant District Attorney

LAUREL BLUE BRINKLEY

Assistant District Attorney

Laurel Blue Brinkley prosecutes felony crimes in Jefferson Davis County and Lawrence County. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, Laurel served as Court Administrator for Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell and Judicial Law Clerk for the late Circuit Court Judge Marcus Gordon.

Laurel grew up in Louisville, Mississippi, and graduated from Madison Central High School in 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Communication Studies and Spanish from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. After graduating from Belmont, Laurel lived in Paris, France, for two years, where she studied at Sorbonne Université and taught English at a Parisian high school. She returned to Mississippi to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor in 2009.

Laurel and her husband, Taylor Brinkley, reside in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with their two children.


CARPENTER MARSALIS Assistant District Attorney

CARPENTER S. MARSALIS

Assistant District Attorney

Carpenter S. Marsalis is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. She graduated from Resurrection Catholic High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies with a Minor in Political Science from Millsaps College. Carpenter attended Mississippi College School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2018 with a Certificate in Healthcare Law. While at MC Law, Carpenter externed at the Mississippi Court of Appeals with the Honorable Virginia Carter Carlton. Carpenter is licensed to practice law in the State of Mississippi.

Before coming to the Fifteenth Circuit Court District, Carpenter served as a judicial law clerk at the Mississippi Court of Appeals for the Honorable T. Kenneth Griffis and the Honorable Anthony N. Lawrence. Carpenter currently serves on the Board of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association. Carpenter has volunteered with Prevent Child Abuse America, an organization with the mission of preventing the abuse and neglect of children across the United States. She has also volunteered with MC Law as a coach and faculty member in their trial advocacy program.

As an Assistant District Attorney for the Fifteenth Circuit Court District, Carpenter primarily prosecutes crimes involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She lives in West Hattiesburg, Mississippi with her husband, Charles.

 

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