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Surveillance video shows fight between deputy and coach (Video included)

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

WLBT News has obtained surveillance video that shows a portion of the fatal fight between a Hinds County Deputy and basketball coach.

From the limited view of the camera, you can make out several people throwing punches and pushing each other in the street.

The video is attached to the web story (Warning: Disturbing Content)

Hinds County Deputy Joshua Adams was in Hinds County Court Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. 

Adams has been charged in the murder of 25-year-old basketball coach, Justin Griffin. 

The two were involved in a fight, Sunday, at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics on Westbrook Drive.

Adams was reportedly refereeing a game where Griffin was a coach. 

In court Jackson Police investigator Tyree Jones testified he watched a surveillance video of the altercation that took place in the parking lot.

Jones also testified that an autopsy report showed that Griffin died as a result of blunt force trauma, (hitting his head on the ground after being punched by Adams) and strangulation.

Jones said that witnesses told him that Adams and another deputy tried to "calm Griffin down" by forcing him to place his hands on a car, then proceeding to put him in a choke hold.

Mississippi AAU Basketball President Lamonte Roy also testified that he watched the surveillance video, but he felt that Griffin was the aggressor.

He said the video shows Griffin leaving the building when he was followed outside by Adams. 

Jones testified that punches were thrown Griffin missing several times, Adams striking him once. (See attached surveillance video. Check out the upper right-hand corner of the video).

"According to the video he's moving back away from the defendant but he is swinging at the victim, the victim is.  It looks like they're squaring off ready to fight."

Mississippi A.A.U. basketball President Lamonte Roy testified on behalf of the defense saying, "Mr. Griffin jumps out, gets in a fighting stance then Mr. Griffin three 2-3 punches at Adams, hits Adams one time."

The judge denied a probable cause hearing and did not give Adams bond.  His case will be bound over to the next Hinds County Grand Jury.

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