By The Associated Press
BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A new circuit judge will be sworn in next week at the Panola County Courthouse in Batesville.
The Commercial Appeal reports Smith Murphey’s investiture ceremony is set for Dec. 28.
Murphey won a four-way race in the Nov. 2 general election for the 17th District seat being vacated by retiring Judge Andrew C. Baker.
Baker will administer the oath of office to his replacement. Murphey will serve a district that includes DeSoto, Panola, Tallahatchie, Tate and Yalobusha counties.
Murphey, of Batesville, served as assistant district attorney in the district for the past 14 years and is a former president of both the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and the Prosecutors Section of the Mississippi Bar.