Political ad featuring Hammond priest’s alleged killer before Mississippi Bar

The Mississippi Bar was expected Thursday to take up a complaint filed against Attorney General Jim Hood over a political ad tied to the killing of a Louisiana priest that ran during his re-election campaign last year. Brian Alexander of Bay St. Louis filed the complaint last November. It alleged Hood’s ad tainted the prospective jury pool by referring to Jeremy Wayne Manieri as someone who “murdered a 70-year-old priest in cold blood.”

Alexander had represented Manieri, who died in prison in January in an apparent suicide before going to trial.

Hood, the incumbent Democrat, defeated Republican Steve Simpson in the Nov. 8 election.

The commercial portrayed Simpson, a former judge, as being weak on crime.

The bar could start an investigation into allegations in the complaint.