Pearl River County

Sideview of the Building and Trees

Circuit Court Terms

2nd Monday of January, Three Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

2nd Monday of February, Three Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

3rd Monday of March, Two Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

1st Monday of April, Two Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald 
Grand Jury to Be Impaneled

4th Tuesday of April, Two Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

1st Monday of June, Two Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

4th Monday of June, Two Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

3rd Monday of July, Three Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

4th Monday of August, Three Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

1st Monday of October, Two Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell 
Grand Jury to Be Impaneled

2nd Monday of November, Two Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

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

Grand Jury Orientation 

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

Law Enforcement

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office

David Allison, Sheriff 
200 South Main 
Poplarville, MS 39470

Phone: (601) 795-2241 
Phone: (601) 798-5528

Poplarville Police Department

Greg Hartley, Chief 
200 Hwy 26 East 
Poplarville, MS 39470

Phone: (601) 792-5198

Picayune Police Department

Bryan Dawsey, Chief 
328 South Main St 
Picayune, MS 39466  

Phone: (601) 798-7411

Contact Info

15th District Attorney’s Office 
P.O. Box 584 
Poplarville, MS 39470

Phone: (601) 403-2350 
Fax: (601) 403-2353

Staff Assigned

Assistant District Attorney

Beau Stewart

Assistant District Attorney

Christina H. Holcomb

Assistant District Attorney

John Dowdy

Assistant District Attorney

Carpenter Marsalis 
Assigned to Violence Against Women Cases


Kelvin Stanford

Victim Services

Anita Sumrall 
Learn more about victim services. 

Bad Checks & Pre-Trial Administrator

Tabitha Nelson
Learn more about bad checks.

Litigation Support

Michelle Pittman

Litigation Support

Valerie Walker 

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.