September 9, 2013 9:27:08 AM
Carl Smith - [email protected]
Three Starkville attorneys -- Haley Brown, Brace Knox and Matthew Wilson -- have qualified for the Oktibbeha County prosecutor's special election scheduled for Nov. 5.
The position opened when Roy Carpenter Jr. ended his almost 30-year career as Starkville's and Oktibbeha County's prosecutor in June.
Brown, who the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors named as the position's interim, graduated from the University of Mississippi's law school and practices criminal and insurance defense; debtor/creditor law; wills and estates; personal injury; and medical malpractice.
Knox is a Mississippi College School of Law graduate who began her full-time Starkville criminal law practice in 2007. Recently, she partnered professionally with MC Law graduate Philip Laura.
Wilson operates a general practice law office in Starkville and handles civil and criminal litigation. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University's Bagley College of Engineering.
Carpenter submitted a letter to both county and city governments in early May announcing his intentions to retire after serving the area nearly three decades. Both Starkville Police Chief David Lindley and Oktibbeha County Sheriff Steve Gladney previously called Carpenter a faithful public servant and said the county and city would be hard-pressed to find a replacement with his experience.
Starkville aldermen appointed local attorney Caroline Moore as the city's new prosecutor in June. She has practiced law for 15 years, including time served as Winston County's prosecutor and public defender.
Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch