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Jackson detective in court on capital murder charge

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Police Department veteran detective Nattyo Gray had his first court appearance Tuesday since being charged with capital murder in the death of his 1-year old daughter.

The detective is being held in protective custody as a precaution.

According to his attorney, the 10 year veteran remains on the police force and has not been fired even though he faces a capital murder charge in connection with the lethal blow that killed his daughter.

Aubrey Brown died Sunday at UMC of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Our cameras were not allowed in municipal court Tuesday morning.

Gray entered wearing hand and leg shackles.

Now that the detective is on the other side of the law, attorneys have asked that he be protected while in jail.

"Have you asked for protective custody since he is a Jackson Police officer?"

"Yes we have," said Attorney Aafram Sellers. "There hasn't been an occasion there have been any problems but just to be on the safe side we have requested there be some type of protective custody."

Gray said nothing to the judge as the charge was read against him.

His attorneys refused to discuss details of the case after the initial hearing.

"The investigation is ongoing from our standpoint," Sellers said. "We don't have any information at this point other than an affidavit that is filed against our client. Until we have a preliminary hearing in this matter we will not be able to understand or ascertain what evidence that detectives claim to have against our client. So I won't comment on any evidence."

Gray, 36, a vice and narcotics officer, was taking care of his 1-year-old child at the time of her brutal beating.

"What has he told you about this case?"

"I can't speak for my client," Sellers said.

"Did he admit to killing his child?"

"I cannot speak about anything my client has told us," Sellers said.

The incident happened at the four-plex in the 1000 block of Monroe Street in Belhaven Heights Sunday afternoon about 2:30.

Gray's preliminary hearing has not been set.

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