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District attorney to run for Mississippi governor

Robert Shuler Smith

Robert Shuler Smith says he has filed the paperwork to run for the office.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 12:19 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2019 10:32 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The third-term district attorney for Mississippi's largest county has filed to for governor.

Robert Shuler Smith tells news outlets he filed with the state Democratic party. That would put him in a gubernatorial primary with fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood and retired Jackson State University employee Velesha P. Williams.

Smith was out of the office Monday and did not immediately answer a call to his home.

Hood's office has unsuccessfully prosecuted Smith three times. Two juries in Hinds County acquitted Smith of hindering-prosecution charges after Hood accused Smith of providing aid to a defendant who faced multiple charges.

A jury in Rankin County acquitted Smith on a robbery charge and could not reach a verdict on a stalking charge involving a woman he dated.

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