COLUMBUS, Miss. — A former Mississippi police officer is scheduled to appear in court Friday after he was indicted in the October 2015 shooting death of a black man.
Attorney Jim Waide said Thursday that a prosecutor told him Thursday that Canyon Boykin, a white former police officer in Columbus, has been indicted for manslaughter in the death of Ricky Ball.
The district attorney handed the case to Attorney General Jim Hood in July to present to a grand jury. Rachael Ring, a spokeswoman for Hood, declined to comment, citing court rules. Indictments remain secret until served in Mississippi, and Waide says Boykin hadn’t received it Thursday.
Boykin says Ball appeared to point a gun at him during a foot chase. Ball’s family members dispute whether Boykin was justified to shoot him.