Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Andre de Gruy Mississippi state public defender. De Gruy will replaces Leslie Lee, who is retiring.
Since 2001, de Gruy has served as the director of the state public defender’s office’s capital defense division. Before that, he was an assistant public defender in Hinds County. His legal career started in 1990, as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center, where he worked until 1995.
De Gruy will manage a staff of attorneys in three divisions: capital defense counsel, which tries and assists in death penalty trials and appeals throughout the state; indigent appeals, which handles all felony indigent criminal appeals; and the training division, which is responsible for the training all of Mississippi’s public defenders.
De Gruy received a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., in 1986. He graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 1990. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Jackson. They have five children and one grandchild.
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