Jackson County Deputy arrested for Perjury

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney general's office

Jackson, MS—A Jackson County deputy has been arrested and charged with perjuring himself before the Grand Jury, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Kenneth D. McClenic, 51, of Moss Point, turned himself in to investigators with the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division this afternoon following his indictment by a Jackson County Grand Jury.  The indictment alleges that McClenic testified in a Circuit Court hearing in September 2013 that he had not been pressured by his boss, former Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd ,into signing an affidavit against someone that McClenic did not believe actually committed the crime so that the former Sheriff could say he had no unsolved murders during a reelection campaign.  The indictment alleges that McClenic had earlier testified before the Grand Jury in July 2013 saying that "the reason he signed the affidavit was because he was forced to do so by Sheriff James Michael Byrd."

McClenic was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center.  His bond has been set at $5,000.

If convicted of the crime, McClenic faces up to ten years behind bars.  As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Larry Ware and Tonya Mangus and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Larry Baker of the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division.