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MBI turns deputy shooting investigation over to DA


Kent Coscia

Kent Coscia



Sarah Fowler



A New Hope man remains in custody more than five months after being accused of shooting two Lowndes County deputies in front of his Drake Circle home. 


Kent Coscia is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer for the March 17 shooting of deputies Clint Sims and Larry Swearingen. Deputy Scott Glasgow was also injured in the incident, which began as a welfare check in the middle of the day. 


Coscia is in a Monroe County jail on a $3,050,000 bond. He does not appear to have an attorney. 


Mississippi Bureau of Investigation handled the investigation into the shooting. MBI spokesperson Warren Strain told The Dispatch last week his office had concluded the investigation and presented the information to District Attorney Forest Allgood about a month ago. 


Allgood declined to comment. 


Coscia was in solitary confinement until April 13, according to Monroe County Detention Center personnel. The jail declined to release his visitor log. 


Coscia's stepfather, David Allen Williams, said he has not seen Coscia since he was taken into custody. Williams, who said he has written his stepson a letter but not heard back, said Coscia is allowed one visitor a week. 


Court records, which would normally indicate if a defense attorney has been appointed or retained, have not been made public. 


When Coscia received his bond in March, law enforcement said the case would be presented to an August grand jury. As of press time, court records that would indicate whether Cosica had or had not been indicted were not public. 


The New Hope residence Coscia shared with his wife and daughter sits empty and abandoned with knee high weeds. Bullet holes remain the door. The Dispatch knocked on the door last week and no one answered.


Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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