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District Attorney Now Investigating Hinds County Courthouse Incident

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The Hinds County District Attorney is now investigating how three Chris McDaniel supporters got locked into the courthouse basement after hours on election night.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department investigated the Wednesday morning incident and found no evidence that any laws were broken. Authorities concluded that the woman and two men went into the building through a door that was propped open or malfunctioning at the time.

Supervisor Robert Graham says the results of that investigation are insufficient.

Graham tells us he sent a letter to District Attorney Robert Smith Friday requesting a special investigation after Graham says he got calls from citizens demanding answers. He also says supervisors want to know if there are security concerns that need to be addressed.

The three people who were inside the courthouse are: Scott Brewster, who's a top paid staffer with the McDaniel campaign; Janis Lane, president of the central Mississippi tea party and a big McDaniel supporter and Rob Chambers, who works with the Christian action commission at the Mississippi Baptist convention.

The McDaniel campaign says the three were sent there to watch the vote count in Tuesday’s close election.

Graham says there are a lot of questions the sheriff's investigation left unanswered.

"What were they doing in the building? How long were they in the building? Are there criminal charges that could be filed, should criminal charges be filed? When did they leave who let them out did they bring anything in take anything out? Those are the questions that I do not have the answers to," said Graham.   

A new investigation is bound to raise questions about politics. Senator Cochran’s sister-n-law, Connie Cochran, is a Hinds county election commissioner who works in the courthouse. 

Graham says it’s baloney to think he’s attempting to help Cochran’s campaign by pushing the story to make McDaniel look bad. Hey says “I’m a Democrat and a proud Democrat.”

Graham adds "It's my responsibility to find out what happened in a county building period. That's it."

Sheriff’s spokesman Othor Cain told us in a statement, “We stand behind our investigation. We released our findings yesterday and our investigation is closed."

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