Northern Mississippi district attorney dies

John Champion
John Champion(AP)
Published: Sep. 4, 2022 at 2:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2022 at 9:15 AM CDT

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (WMC) - The family of the North Mississippi District Attorney John Champion confirms he passed away early Sunday morning.

Champion graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1992 and was hired as an assistant district attorney in 1993. He was appointed district attorney of the Northern District of Mississippi in 2001.

One of his most recent cases was the murder of Jessica Chambers, a 19-year-old woman who was set on fire in December 2014 in Courtland, Mississippi.

Information about his death has not been released.

The family is asking for privacy at this time; arrangements are expected to be made tomorrow.

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