September 10, 2021

Former Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith Dies

Mary Apel

Robert Shuler Smith.

Former Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has died.

Last week Smith was admitted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in critical condition following a car accident. Smith was behind the wheel last Wednesday night in Jackson when there was a collision with an 18-wheeler. At this point, no calls for the accident has been released, and Jackson Police Department has not issued a statement or responded to questions.

Smith received his undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College and his J.D. from Saint Louis University. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1996 and practiced as an attorney before becoming the Hinds County district attorney in 2008.

He served three terms as district attorney and made an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2019. Since leaving office, he had been running the Cochran law firm in Jackson.

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