Judge Hulane George did the honors of swearing in Tuttle Wright Barksdale III, Oct. 31, and he went to work almost immediately handling the pleas of two misdemeanor cases.
Barksdale filled the position of county-funded assistant district attorney that was vacated Aug. 26 when Jones County commissioners voted not to provide the funds for the job in the 2014 budget.
Keagan Waystack held the position at the time and was beginning a murder trial when she found out she was no longer employed. Jones County’s state-paid ADA, Gregory Bushway, subsequently resigned his position, leaving the county without an ADA until Barksdale was hired.
District Attorney Fred Bright introduced the new county employee to the court before the swearing in.
“I’m very picky about who I hire,” he said. “I checked out Wright and his background thoroughly. I’m convinced he will serve as an excellent prosecutor for the people of Jones County.”
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