BOWLING UPDATE: Monroe hearing on state charges

ABERDEEN – Officials are expected to press for state charges to be filed against former Smithville coach Dwight Bowling, already in custody on federal charges that he repeatedly took a minor to Alabama for sex.

Bowling’s attorney, Christi R. McCoy of Oxford, said today a Monroe County hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday to determine if sufficient evidence exists to charge him.

That hearing will occur three hours after Bowling is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Courthouse to face federal charges that he tried to tamper with a witness to prevent testimony related to alleged sex crimes, and also that he had a longterm sexual relationship with a minor, whom he is alleged to have driven to Alabama, where he worked.

Bowling was one of Mississippi’s most successful high school coaches at Smithville, and took a job in Sulligent, Ala., five years ago.

He was arrested Friday night after a Sulligent win. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail without bond.

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Patsy Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal