Former Pine Belt officer indicted on attempted capital murder charges

Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) - A former Lamar County Sheriff's deputy and a Hattiesburg police sergeant are facing another multi-count indictment, this time in Pearl River County.

Averal "Junior" Burnett, 47, was indicted with two counts of attempted capital murder.

The indictment said that between July 13 and July 15 Burnett did willfully and feloniously design and endeavor to commit an act of murder, as amended, to-wit; capital murder, by offering inmate Russell Still a thing of value, bonding him out of jail and money to commit the murder of two family members.

Still refused to commit the murders and reported the crime to law enforcement officials.

Burnett is expected to stand trial in Lamar County for multiple sexual battery charges on March 17, 2015.

According to the Lamar County indictment, Burnett allegedly committed multiple sexual acts on a family member under the age of 18 involving unlawfully and feloniously touching with his hands, mouth, and privates to multiple parts of the victim's body.

Burnett served the majority of his 22 years in law enforcement with the Hattiesburg Police Department and officially retired from the Lamar County Sheriff's department on May 16, 2014.

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