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Junior Burnett denied bond again

Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) -

Averal "Junior" Burnett was denied bond again Thursday afternoon in a Pearl River County court.

A motion hearing was held in hopes of establishing bond and reconsideration of an earlier hearing where bond was denied in June.

Burnett's attorney stated that his client was not indicted on a forcible rape charge that he was originally arrested for so he should be granted bond.

However, Burnett was indicted on a six-count incitement including attempted sexual battery, sexual battery and fondling in Lamar County.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Investigator Thomas Little took the stand on behalf of the state, where he testified to evidence that was collected for the case. Little's testimony stated that DNA evidence that was obtained from a DNA swab from the victim showed Burnett's DNA on her breasts and vaginal area.

Text messages sent to the victim and her mother were mentioned during testimony that was deemed threatening.

Burnett's law enforcement back ground and training was questioned. State prosecutors used this to also show that he is a danger to the victim and community. Investigator Little stated that Burnett was very good with a pistol and long gun.

Over the years Burnett has received several areas of training, including patrol, S.W.A.T., chemical weapons, firearms, undercover work, as well as K-9 training.

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.

Burnett is currently housed at the Pearl River County Jail where he also has two attempted capital murder charges in a murder-for-hire plot.

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