Charge upgraded against Lumberton mayor

By The Associated Press

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) — An obstruction of justice charge filed against Lumberton Mayor Miriam Holder has been upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The Hattiesburg American ( reports that Lumberton Police Chief Dennis Hobson refiled an affidavit in Lamar County Justice Court on Tuesday. Hobson says the charge should have been a felony from the start since the alleged crime associated with the obstruction was a felony.

Hobson has said that Holder interfered with his investigation into a Sept. 17 robbery of a drug store. One of the three suspects arrested was Holder’s 19-year-old great-nephew, Jamaal Taylor, a freshman defensive back at Pearl River Community College.

Holder was released on $1,000 bond, following her initial arrest last week. It was unclear whether Holder has an attorney. She was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

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