Former circuit clerk accused of simple assault

Former Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by Oktibbeha County Sheriff's deputies in the 3800 block of Douglastown Road for one count of simple assault shortly after 7:30 p.m.
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
Staff Writer

Former Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by Oktibbeha County Sheriff's deputies in the 3800 block of Douglastown Road for one count of simple assault shortly after 7:30 p.m.

According to court documents provided to the Starkville Daily News, Hamilton is accused of striking the female victim three times with an open hand to the face, knocking her down. The initial altercation occurred on Dec. 6.

The two had previously been in a "dating relationship."

The arrest comes as a result of warrants issued by the Oktibbeha County Justice Court.

Hamilton was processed in the Oktibbeha County Jail and was released shortly thereafter. Bond was set at $500 for the misdemeanor charge.

In 2016, Hamilton was arrested in Clay County and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor possession of Native American artifacts.

Hamilton stepped down from his position as circuit clerk after pleading guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine in Clay County Circuit Court back in July. He was under one-year supervised probation at the time of his simple assault arrest as a result of his previous felony conviction.

According to Mississippi Code § 97-3-7, those found guilty of simple assault shall be punished by a fine of no more than $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for up to six months, or both.

Hamilton - who previously served as a state senator - was appointed chairman of the Mississippi Parole Board by then-Gov. Haley Barbour in 2004.

Hamilton was elected circuit clerk in 2011 and elected to a second term in 2015.

This is a developing story. Follow the Starkville Daily News for updates.

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