Deputy charged in death of basketball coach

May 6, 2014 10:26:11 AM



JACKSON -- Jackson police say a Hinds County sheriff's deputy has been arrested in the death of a basketball coach. 


Officer Colendula Green tells WLBT TV 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.