The attorney for Wayne Co. was arrested on a conspiracy related to Powe’s kidnapping case, police said

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WDAM) – The district attorney for the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, who was at the time of the impromptu meeting Thursday afternoonwas arrested later that night on an outstanding warrant for conspiracy.

According to Assistant Chief Tony Willridge with the Ridgeland Police Department, members of the US Marshals Task Force arrested 40-year-old Cooper M. Leggett at approximately 11:00 p.m. Thursday, January 19, at his home in Wayne County.

After being arrested, Leggett was taken to the Ridgeland Police Department before being booked into the Madison County Detention Center. Leggett is charged with one count of conspiracy.

Willridge said the arrests are related to an ongoing extortion investigation former Ole Miss, NFL football player Jarrell Powe. However, he could not reveal Leggett’s relationship with Powe or Gavin Bates, who were also detained together in the case.

Jerrell Powe, 35, of Buckatunna.(Madison County Detention Center)
Gavin Bates, 35, from Roseville, California.
Gavin Bates, 35, from Roseville, California.(Ridgeland Police Department)

The deputy was also unable to reveal what this conspiracy charge meant.

Leggett was expected to make his initial appearance in Ridgeland Municipal Court sometime on Friday.

According to Ridgeland Municipal Court, Leggett’s bond was set at $20,000.

Leggett is reportedly tied up because his name is no longer on the List of inmates currently in the Madison County Detention Center.

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors announced that they will hold an emergency meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 23, to elect a new board attorney.

This is an active investigation, and this article will be updated as more information is provided.

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