Moss Point Mayor Mario King, and his wife, charged with simple assault and domestic violence
News 25 has learned that Moss Point Mayor Mario King, and his wife, Natasha, have both been charged with simple assault and domestic violence, after an incident reportedly occurred at their home on Oct. 19, 2017. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, both parties were charged with these counts of assault, after Natasha King visited the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 20, 2017, the day after the alleged domestic disturbance at their Moss Point home, alleging domestic violence at the home the night before. Deputies then served affidavits against both Mario King and Natasha King.
WXXV obtained the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department investigative report. According to the report, his wife claims Mario punched her in the right upper arm and said “I can’t f****** stand you.” Mario told his wife he received a tetanus shot because she had bit him during the altercation. Natasha said she had never bit him, but she thinks he does have scratches on his body from the altercation. According to the report, Mario had minor scratches on both upper arms, a scratch above his right hip bone, and a scratch on the right side of his head. The right knee area did not have a mark on it where Mario said that Natasha had bit him. Natasha had some minor scratches on her right arm with a small bruise, scratches on the back of her neck, and a red mark on her collarbone area. According to the report, she said that he had hit her for many years and that he usually hits her in her head area so that her hair covers the marks left behind. Mario said Natasha wanted to look at his cellphone to see who was sending messages. Mario grabbed his cellphone and put it between his legs and they started fighting over the cellphone.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson spoke by phone with Mayor King on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and when she asked him about the alleged domestic violence, he replied: “People really think that something was going on with me and my wife, and so even though every family has problems, there’s no domestic problems going on with my wife at all. My wife has not been beat. I am not running from police. I am actually at a small town conference learning about disaster relief.”
Both Mario and Natasha King are scheduled to appear in Jackson County Justice Court on December 11, 2017, in regards to these charges. News 25 has a crew in Moss Point, and we will have more details on the News at 5 p.m, 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.