A judge has refused to throw out
charges against Mendenhall Police Chief James Sullivan, who will
stand trial Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
James Sullivan's attorney, Jeffrey Reynolds of Jackson, alleged
prosecutors destroyed evidence and the charges should be dismissed.
Circuit Judge Bob Evans ruled otherwise. Jury selection begins
Monday in Simpson County Circuit Court.
Reynolds accused the attorney general's office of intentionally
destroying key evidence and fabricating statements from an alleged
The attorney general charged Sullivan, 49, with four counts of
sexual battery. He is suspected of having four sexual encounters
with the teen from January to March. He is free on bond.