Investigation Teams


scott-mcilrathScott McIlrath, Chief Criminal Investigator/Office Manager
Scott McIlrath began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a Reserve Police Officer with the Pascagoula Police Department. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. In 1987, he transferred to the Gautier Police Department. In 1993, He transferred to the Pascagoula Police Department and was assigned to the traffic division. In 1998, Scott worked as an Investigator for former District Attorney Jaye Bradley. Scott has extensive training in traffic accident reconstruction, death investigations, internet crime, computer forensics investigation, management and leadership. Scott is a member of the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association where he serves on the Legislative Committee and the Curriculum Committee. Scott is a Life Member of the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer ‘s Association and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Scott is a member of the Mississippi Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Scott graduated the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy. Scott also serves as the Office Manager


Brad-Byers-InvestigatorBrad Byers
Bradly Byers is a graduate of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute. Brad started his career with the Gautier Police Department as a Patrol Officer. He transferred to the Ocean Springs Police Department where he was promoted to Investigator. Brad is also a graduate of the Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Academy.


Jason-Smith-InvestigatorJason L. Smith

Jason L. Smith has dedicated his career to serving the citizens of Jackson, George, and Greene County.  He began his law enforcement career at the State Line Police Department in 1995.  In 2001, Jason became a Special Investigator for the Corrections Investigation Division of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and was assigned to the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County.  In 2003, he was presented with the Extra Effort Award by the Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  In 2007, Jason was instrumental in the organization of the George County School District’s Campus Police Department.  In 2009, he was among three officers to receive the Humanitarian Service Award from the Mississippi Department of Education.  This was the first time this award had ever been given by the Mississippi Department of Education.  Throughout his career, Jason has had extensive training in many areas of law enforcement, including Interview and Interrogation Techniques and the identification of street gangs.  He has been a member of the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators since 2009.  Prior to coming to the District Attorney’s Office in 2012, Jason worked as a detective for the George County Sheriff’s Office, and most recently as a detective for the Moss Point Police Department.


Justin-Grafton-InvestigatorJustin Grafton
Justin F. Grafton first began serving his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. He completed seven years in the Marine Corps with one combat tour to Iraq. Justin continued his service to his community and has over eight years of law enforcement experience. He graduated as the top graduate in his law enforcement class and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Justin has worked for the D’Iberville Police Department and most recently with the Moss Point Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

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