Marion County

Night View of a Building and Trees

Circuit Court Terms

1st Monday of January, Two Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell 
Grand Jury to Be Impaneled

1st Monday of February, Three Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

1st Monday of March, Three Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

3rd Monday of May, Two Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

4th Monday of June, Two Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo 
Grand Jury to Be Impaneled

2nd Monday of July, Two Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

2nd Monday of September, Two Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

1st Monday of October, Two Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

2nd Monday of November, Two Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

(These court terms are set by the judges and are subject to change each year.)

Grand Jury Orientation 

Thank you, the citizens of Marion County, for taking time from work and family to serve on the Grand Jury.

Law Enforcement

Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Berkley Hall, Sheriff 
Courthouse Sq 
Columbia, MS 39429

Phone: (601) 736-2711 
Phone: (601) 736-5051

Columbia Police Department

Michael Kelly, Chief 
201 Second St 
Columbia, MS 39429

Phone: (601) 736-8052

Contact Info

15th District Attorney’s Office 
500 Courthouse Sq, Suite 3 
Columbia, MS 39429 
Phone: (601) 731-1476 
Fax: (601) 731-1489

Staff Assigned

Assistant District Attorney 

Laurel Brinkley 
Assigned to County Cases

Assistant District Attorney

Beau Stewart 
Assigned to City Cases

Assistant District Attorney

Carpenter Marsalis 
Assigned to Violence Against Women Cases


Larry Moore 
Assigned to County Cases 
William “Ben” White 
Assigned to City Cases

Victim Services

Lauren Robertson 
Learn more about victim services. 

Bad Checks & Pre-Trial Administrator

Tabitha Nelson 
Learn more about bad checks.  

Administrative Assistant & Litigation Support

Kimberly Purvis

District Manager

Jacqueline McGee

Services We Provide:

  • We prosecute criminals who commit felony crimes. These are crimes of a serious nature, such as murder, robbery, rape, child molestation, drugs, burglary, and other crimes for which people can be sent to the state prison system.
  • We give legal advice to law enforcement agencies.
  • We conduct educational programs on criminal topics for schools, religious, and civic groups.
  • We handle bad check cases.
  • We provide assistance to victims of crime.
  • We assist other law enforcement agencies in investigating complex crimes or crimes of an extremely serious nature.

Services We Do Not Provide:

  • We cannot give legal advice on civil (non-criminal) and divorce cases. This is prohibited by law.
  • We cannot recommend an attorney or bail bondsman to you.
  • We do not normally prosecute misdemeanor cases (less serious criminal cases) handled in municipal or justice court. The city or county prosecuting attorney prosecutes these cases.
  • We do not write letters asking for people to be released from prison or have their sentences changed.
  • We do not give oral or written opinions to private citizens on whether or not it is legal to do a particular thing. You must consult a private attorney for that advice.