Jody Owens wins Hinds County district attorney's race

Jody Owens is the next district attorney for Hinds County.

Owens, former managing attorney at the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center, defeated Jackson defense attorney Darla Palmer and veteran prosecutor Stanley Alexander in Tuesday's Democratic primary. No independent or Republican entered the race.

The only question Tuesday night was whether Owens would win enough votes to keep from being in a runoff. He did with more than 52% of the vote in unofficial results.

Palmer was second with about 33%,  and Alexander had about 14%.

Owens will replace DA Robert Shuler Smith, who didn't seek reelection after three terms. Smith ran unsuccessfully for governor as a Democrat.