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Death of ex-deputy facing charges ruled suicide


The Associated Press



GULFPORT -- Authorities say a former Harrison County deputy jail warden facing trial on sex-crime charges has died in Hinds County and his death has been ruled a suicide. 


Hinds County Deputy Coroner Stephanie Meachum tells The Sun Herald 65-year-old Bobby Joe Chandler died of a shotgun wound to the torso May 17 on private property. 


Chandler had been arrested March 15 in a case investigated by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. He faced charges of sexual battery and touching of a child for lustful purposes. 


Chandler was arrested in Harrison County and was held at a neighboring county jail for his safety. 


Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said he fired Chandler two days after the arrest. 


Chandler was released from jail March 24 on bonds of $100,000.




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