A Jasper County jury in the Bay Springs district recently rendered a defense verdict in King v. Smith. Here is the Complaint.
This was an alienation of affection case with allegations and defenses typical for those cases.
The jury was stuck at 8-4 until sending out a note asking for the definition of ‘lost’ in the alienation of affection jury instruction. After receiving the dictionary definition of the word, the jury returned with a 10-2 defense verdict.
Ricky Ruffin of Bay Springs represented the plaintiff. Daniel Waide with Johnson, Ratcliff & Waide in Hattiesburg represented the defendant. Judge Eddie Bowen presided.
All these cases sound the same to me. I can’t really say that about personal injury cases or commercial disputes.