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Hinds Co. Deputy charged with murder of basketball coach

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson police have released the identity of one of the deputies who is accused of murdering a basketball coach.

Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green tells us 37-year-old Joshua Adams has been charged with murder.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart confirmed Justin Griffin, 25, died Monday afternoon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Grisham-Stewart said the preliminary cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head with internal bleeding.

That apparent altercation started during a basketball game Sunday morning at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics facility on Westbrook Road, according to Jackson Police Department Assistant Chief Lee Vance.

It appears the incident started as a coach arguing over play calls, he said.

At some point during the game Sunday morning, Vance said Griffin got into a dispute with a referee, who was also a Hinds County deputy. As the dispute escalated, a second deputy in uniform, working security for the facility, got involved as well.

Vance said both deputies were off duty from the sheriff's department.

That altercation started inside, then continued into the parking lot outside the facility.

The two deputies were not believed to be injured in the scuffle, Vance said.

Hinds County Sheriff's Department spokesman Othor Cain says Adams is suspended pending an internal investigation..

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