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Judge sends deputy assault case to lower court

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LIBERTY, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Two Louisiana men seeking charges of aggravated assault against an off-duty sheriff's deputy with will have to pursue lesser charges of simple assault in a lower court, a Mississippi judge has ruled.

Swill Charles of Zachary and Derrick Deamer of Baton Rouge say Amite County deputy Danny Meaux pulled a gun on them June 3.

Meaux was working security at an oil well when he says he saw an oilfield wastewater truck run a vehicle off the road. Meaux gave chase and pulled his gun.

Mississippi law requires a probable cause hearing before charging a deputy. Wednesday, Amite County Circuit Court Judge Forrest "Al" Johnson ruled that doesn't apply because Meaux was off duty.

Johnson also ruled against aggravated assault charges because there were no injuries.


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