Lumberton mayor's charge upgraded to felony

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - The mayor of Lumberton may be in deeper trouble following her arrest on Sept. 15.

Lumberton police chief Dennis Hobson has amended his original obstruction of justice affidavit against Mayor Miriam Holder and made it a felony complaint.

Hobson filed the complaint Tuesday afternoon with Lamar County Justice Court accusing the mayor of interfering with his duties as a police officer.

He originally filed a misdemeanor complaint against Holder, but because the alleged crime of which she is accused of interfering is a felony, the obstruction of justice charge must also be a felony.

Last week, Lumberton police arrested three people for robbing a drug store, including the mayor's 18-year-old nephew. Hobson said the mayor repeatedly contacted him, demanding Jamaal Taylor's release. As a result of this new charge, a judge will have to refund Holder's $1,000 bond on misdemeanor charges and set a new felony bond.

Lumberton mayor Miriam Holder first surrendered to Lamar County authorities Thursday and then was released on $1,000 bond that same day.

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