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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.


JAMES JOHNSON Assistant District Attorney

JAMES D. “Jim” JOHNSON

Assistant District Attorney

James D. “Jim” Johnson, a twin, was born in Oxford, Mississippi, while his father was in medical school; the family moved to Hattiesburg, following his father’s graduation from Tulane Medical School, where he has resided since childhood.  Jim attended public schools in Hattiesburg, graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Political Science major in 1973, and entered Mississippi College School of Law in 1974.  He has been married to Terri, from Biloxi, and a USM graduate, since late 1974; they have three grown sons (Philip, Patrick & Davis) and five grandchildren.  Jim and Terri have been active members of Woodland Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg since 1980, as well as in their community.  Over his tenure as an attorney, Jim has served the Court systems since 1978 as Special Master, Guardian ad litem, Special Prosecutor, juvenile defense counsel and legal representative for the Indigents in Hinds and Rankin Counties.


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.


CLAY CRANFORD Assistant District Attorney

CLAY CRANFORD

Assistant District Attorney

Corey Clayton “Clay” Cranford – is a life long resident of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi area.  Mr. Cranford graduated from Oak Grove High School, then earned a B.S. degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Southern Mississippi. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.  Mr. Cranford is dually licensed to practice law in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Upon graduation from law school Mr. Cranford entered private practice.  In October of 2008, he was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Circuit Court District, a position he maintains to date.  His assigned duties are handling felony cases in Pearl River County.  He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.


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 graduated from Madison Central High School in 1999. A lifelong equestrian, Laurel attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Communication Studies and Spanish in 2003. Laurel’s tenure at Belmont included semesters studying in San José, Costa Rica and Seville, Spain. After graduating from Belmont, Laurel lived in Paris, France for 2 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. She is admitted to practice law in Mississippi and Texas.

Presently, Laurel serves as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fifteenth Circuit Court District where she primarily prosecutes sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse cases. Laurel’s prior experience includes serving as Court Administrator for Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell and Judicial Law Clerk for the late Circuit Court Judge Marcus Gordon.

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

 

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