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Hinds deputy charged in death of Mississippi coach

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Jackson police say a Hinds County sheriff's deputy has been arrested in the death of a basketball coach.

Officer Colendula Green says 37-year-old Joshua Adams has been charged with murder.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says 25-year-old Justin Griffin died Monday from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Assistant Chief Lee Vance says an apparent altercation started over play calls during a basketball game Sunday.

At some point during the game, Vance says Griffin got into a dispute with a referee, who was also a Hinds County deputy. As the dispute escalated, Vance says a second deputy in uniform, working security, got involved as well.

The sheriff's department says Adams has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

It was unclear whether Adams has an attorney.

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