District attorney releases statement regarding Hattiesburg election investigation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The district attorney for Forrest and Perry counties issued a statement on Monday assuring residents that her office was diligently investigating "numerous inquiries" from the community.

Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia W. Burchell's written news release said, "I am aware of the concerns of the citizens of Hattiesburg regarding issues that arose during the recent mayoral election and subsequent trial."

The release goes on to say she has received many requests to investigate "potential criminal activity," and that while those matters are being investigated it would "be improper to comment on any specific allegations or investigations" while the election process was ongoing.

Burchell asked in the statement for community members to "work together" and "remain steadfast" to prevent any attempt to "influence an election."

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