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Indicted deputy booked in local jail: Pike deputy accused of manslaughter in shooting

A Pike County sheriff’s deputy indicted for manslaughter was booked into and later released from the Lincoln County Jail Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

Terry Beadles, 35, was indicted by a Pike County grand jury Wednesday morning in the shooting death of Troy Boyd, 35, of Jayess, on March 15. According to the indictment, “Terry Beadles did willfully, unlawfully, feloniously and unnecessarily kill Troy Boyd … while Terry Beadles was resisting an attempt by Troy Boyd to do an unlawful act, or after such attempt shall have failed.”

Boyd had allegedly tried to run over Beadles with a four-wheeler when the shooting occurred, according to reports.0911_Terry A Beadles mug

The District Attorney’s Office recused itself from the case since it involved a local law enforcement officer. The case is being investigated by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander, Attorney General Jim Hood confirmed Thursday. Court officials asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to appoint a special judge.

Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd said MBI investigators came by his office late Wednesday morning with the indictment.

Shepherd called Beadles, who came in to be served with arrest papers, and Beadles was taken to the Lincoln County Jail as a safety measure. Shepherd also placed Beadles on unpaid leave Wednesday until the case is resolved. Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing confirmed Beadles was released later that day on $10,000 bond pending his initial court appearance.

“An indictment is an indictment,” Shepherd said. “It doesn’t mean that he’s guilty of anything, but under the circumstances he will be booked and let out on bond just like anybody else who’s indicted.”

On the evening of March 15, the sheriff’s office got a call that Boyd was bleeding, had a machete and was acting erratically. As Beadles got out of his car at the scene on McEwen Swamp Road, Boyd allegedly tried to run over him. Beadles was placed on leave after the shooting but later returned to duty.

“It hasn’t been two weeks ago he went beyond the call of duty and saved a child out of that creek down there,” Shepherd said, referring to an Aug. 21 incident on Muddy Springs Road when a car ran off the road and landed upside-down in the Tangipahoa River. Beadles spotted the car and rescued infant Brayli Robbins.

The child’s mother and 11-year-old sister died in the incident.

“He’s a good officer,” Shepherd said. “It’s an unfortunate incident. But this is the system and we have to go through it.”

If convicted of the charge, Beadles faces up to 20 years behind bars, according to the Attorney General’s office. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.