Attorney says indicted Miss. lawmaker is innocent

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- An indicted Mississippi lawmaker is in Tennessee on a mission trip and is expected to return home and turn himself in on an arrest warrant Friday.

Authorities revealed Tuesday that a local grand jury had indicted Rep. Brian Aldridge, and his parents, on embezzlement charges.

The 36-year-old Tupelo lawmaker was founder and executive director Touched By An Angel Ministries, a charity that's now closed.

Brian Aldridge's attorney, T.K. Moffett, says Wednesday that his client has committed no crime. If convicted, the Republican would have to resign the House seat he has held since 2004.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says his office has been in touch with Aldridge, and he expects the lawmaker to turn himself in Friday.

Aldridge's parents were arrested Tuesday, and each was released on $5,000 bond.


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