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Grand Jury will hear case of Hinds Co Deputy accused of murdering coach

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd says he will rule on bond for Joshua Adams by Friday night. His case will be presented to the next Hinds County Grand Jury.

Adams is charged with murder in the death of 25-year-old Justin Griffin. Adams, 37, was refereeing a 7th grade basketball game that Griffin was coaching at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics building in Jackson.

The two argued over play calls on the court and later Griffin was attacking in the parking lot outside, according to police.

Griffin died from blunt-force trauma to the head from injuries in the fight, and strangulation said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

There have been conflicting reports on the fatal fight.  There have also been differing accounts of who was the aggressor.

Justin Griffin's father and his best friend disputed accounts that the young coach started the fight.

"And I see my friend hit the ground and I hear this guy say 'sorry, write a report, say he attacked and officer,'" Julian Pickett, Griffin's best friend, told us.

Leaving court Adam's attorney Gerald Mumford said, "Self defense simply, because my client was struck three times before he struck anybody "

Jackson Police Sergeant Tyree Jones testified that marijuana was found on Griffin while he was at the hospital.

"Mr. Griffin is clearly going backwards, said Ramel Cotton, an attorney for the Griffin family. "Deputy Adams is clearly going forward. An individual going backwards swinging speaks for itself. It's a defensive move."

"We raised our kid, and he was a good kid and those thugs that were supposed to protect him, they killed him," said James Griffin, the victim's father, after seeing the attack on a video.

Others seem to think that the deputy was only defending himself.

A Yazoo City woman called us after seeing the surveillance video of the fight on our MSNewsNow website. In an exclusive telephone interview, she says Griffin was the aggressor.

Adams' pastor at his church agrees.

"Joshua did not mean to do this, said Cathedral AME Zion Pastor John C. Evans, Jr. "He was hit three times and he was defending himself."

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