Assistant District Attorneys
Robert J. Knochel (Bobby)
“Bobby” Knochel began working at the District Attorney’s Office in 2004, and he currently serves as chief prosecutor. Bobby obtained his Business Administration degree in 1989, from the University of Mississippi. Subsequently, in 1994, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law. Prior to becoming employed with the District Attorney’s Office, Bobby’s practice included work in circuit court, chancery court and youth court. Bobby is a member of the National District Attorneys Association, Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Jackson County Bar Association.
Angel Myers McIlrath
Angel McIlrath joined the District Attorneys Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 2006. Prior to joining the District Attorneys office, Angel practiced law as an associate with the law firm of Daniel, Coker, Horton & Bell. Angel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000, and went on to attend Mississippi College School of Law where she graduated in the top 25% of her class. Angel was admitted to practice law in the State of Mississippi in 2004, and is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Jackson County Bar Association, Jackson County Young Lawyers Association, Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association, and the National District Attorneys Association. Angel is the current President of the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association and has also served the Association as Vice- President, Secretary/Treasurer, and as a member of the Board of Directors, as well as, the Legislative and Curriculum Committees. Angel assisted in the drafting of and lobbying for the Lonnie Smith Act, which overhauled the felony child abuse statute in Mississippi and it provides for stronger child abuse laws. Angel is a member of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Junior Auxiliary.
Cherie Rivera Wade
Cherie Rivera Wade is a native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She graduated from Mercy Cross High School, and in 2006, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Louisiana State University. Cherie attended Mississippi College School of Law, where she was the inaugural recipient of the LSU-MC Law scholarship. At MC Law, she was a STAR mentor, a member of the Women’s Bar Association, and a member of the Moot Court Board. She earned her Juris Doctor degree in 2009, graduating in the top 11% of her class. Cherie is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Jackson County Bar Association, and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. She is currently serving as the Vice President of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and is the past Secretary/Treasurer. She has also served on the MPA Board of Directors, the Legislative Committee, and the Curriculum committee since 2011. Cherie has volunteered as the coach for the Gautier High School Mock Trial Team and has served as a judge for the High School Mock Trial Competition. Cherie and her husband, Matthew, reside in Ocean Springs and attend St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church.
Justin Lovorn is a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi. He graduated from Pascagoula High School in 2004, and attended the University of Mississippi. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and again in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, Justin obtained his teaching license and taught seventh grade science at Magnolia Junior High School in Moss Point, Mississippi. Justin attended Mississippi College School of Law where he was elected Honor Court Justice and was a STAR mentor. Working under Mississippi’s Limited Practice Act, Justin interned in the District Attorney’s office during his final semester of law school. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 2012, and was admitted to practice law in Mississippi that same year. Justin is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Juvenile Courts Bar Association, and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.
NeShondria Ellerby (Shon)
“Shon” was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2000, and a Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law (Virginia Beach, VA) in 2007. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2007, and began her legal career as an associate attorney at Zoby, Broccoletti, & Normile, P.C. Prior to moving to Mississippi, she served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for five years in the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney. While in Norfolk, Shon was a member of the inaugural Community Prosecution Center team where she served as the Community Courts Liaison, working with the Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and the Re-entry Docket programs. Most recently, Shon was a sole practitioner at Ellerby Law, LLC and served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Moss Point, Mississippi. She was elected president of Jackson County Young Lawyers in 2014. Shon is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Mississippi Bar Association, Jackson County Bar Association, Jackson County Young Lawyers Association (secretary), and the Magnolia Bar Association (assistant secretary). She is married to Moss Point native Clifford Ellerby.
William “Bill” Barrett
Bill was born in Gulfport, Mississippi and graduated from St. John High School in 2002. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University in 2006, and in 2009, he graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law. During law school he interned with the Federal Public Defender in Jackson, Mississippi. After law school, Bill opened a law firm with his father, former federal prosecutor Peter Barrett, practicing mainly in the area of federal criminal defense. In 2011, Barrett was selected to join the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the Southern District of Mississippi. As a member of the CJA panel, Barrett represented numerous clients in federal court appointed cases, both at the trial level and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2014, Barrett was selected as the CJA Panel Representative for the Southern District of Mississippi. In July of 2015, Barret was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District.
Michael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University in 2000. He obtained his law degree from The University of Mississippi in 2009, and he was admitted to practice in Mississippi the same year. Dykes served one year as a law clerk for the 16th Chancery Court District in Jackson County, and then he worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Harrison County for the following four years. Dykes was Commissioned at Marion Military Institute in 1998, and he has over 18 years of active and reserve military service. Dykes has served on three combat tours in Bosnia and Iraq, and he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He is currently serving as the Battalion Commander for the 1st Battalion 155th Combined Arms Battalion “Mississippi Rifles.” Dykes was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District in August 2015.
George R. Huffman
George was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2003, George graduated from Mississippi College School of Law where he served as President of the Student Bar Association. After two years of civil practice, George joined the District Attorney’s Office for Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties where he served as an Assistant District Attorney for over seven years. In 2013, George became corporate counsel for one of the nation’s largest nursing home management companies, located in Tampa, Florida. In this capacity, he was charged with overseeing the company’s regulatory division. In August 2016, George returned to the Coast and joined the District Attorney’s Office for Jackson, George and Greene counties. He is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky and Michigan. George has previously served on the Mississippi Prosecutors Association’s Board of Directors and is a 2009 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Gulf Coast.
Carolyn is a native of Lucedale, MS, and joined the District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 2016. She is a 2007 graduate of George County High School, and in 2011, she graduated cum laude from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Carolyn attended Mississippi College School of Law, where she served on the Law Student Bar Association all three years as Honor Court Justice, Co-Events Coordinator, and Development Liaison. She also served as Vice President of the Women’s Student Bar Association, and was a Dean’s Ambassador. During law school, she worked under the Mississippi Limited Practice Act, and served as an extern in the District Attorney’s office, before graduating in 2016. Carolyn is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association, and the Jackson County Bar Association.