Hinds County DA and challenger disagree on backlog

Hinds County’s district attorney’s race has become a battle over backlog with incumbent Robert Shuler Smith saying there isn’t one and challenger Stanley Alexander citing 2,100 cases awaiting trial to say there is.

Smith will try to hold onto the job he had held since 2008 when voters go to the polls in the Aug. 4 primary.

He faces a determined challenger in Alexander, an assistant attorney general and a former Hinds County assistant district attorney.