COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – The victim of a violent crime is now facing bribery charges along with three others.
Jarvis Alexander was arrested for aggravated assault September 3rd and the victim in the case was Nicholas Edwards.
It was found that Alexander along with his mother Jo Ann Davis and girlfriend Latoya Gavin offered money to Edwards to not testify in court, according to law enforcement officials. Now because he accepted that bribe, Edwards is also charged.
There was a news conference Wednesday morning with officials from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department.
District Attorney Scott Colom says this is becoming a trend.
“More and more we are seeing defendants attempt to subvert the criminal justice system by either intimidating, promising or finding some illegal means to get a victim or witness to drop charges or change testimony,” Colom said.
Suspicious emails were discovered going to and from Alexander, a Lowndes County Jail inmate, and that's what led to the bribery charges.
Colom says the penalties recently increased for bribery convictions and his office takes these felony cases seriously.