Attorney calls for the removal or resignation of state representative amid sexual misconduct allegations

Attorney calls for the removal or resignation of state representative amid sexual misconduct allegations

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Munford attorney Jeff Ward, a long-time Republican, is working on getting sworn affidavits from three women who have accused State Representative David Byrd (R) of sexual misconduct.

“We’re seeking justice. We’re seeking David Byrd be removed from the general assembly or resign,” Ward said.

The accusations surfaced more than a year ago when women accused Byrd of sexual misconduct while he was their basketball coach at Wayne County High School in the mid-1980′s.

Ward sent a letter to Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada saying his firm is in the second week of investigating the allegations.

Ward is representing one of Byrd's accuser's Christi Rice.

There were calls for Byrd to resign but he refused despite the fact that one of his accusers recorded a conversation with him where Byrd apologized.

"You have three credible witnesses, have two confessions , one on tape. There are people in prison probably who are convicted of less evidence."

Ward says he is not being paid and that no one is asking for money.

He acknowledges the statute of limitations has run out on the accusers.

"We're better than this. We have to stand up for victims. This is shameful this has gone on for more than a year," he said.

The attorney is gathering a group of republicans from outside of Nashville to come forward to ask Byrd to resign.

“He needs to resign or the Republican Caucus needs to step up and throw him out,” Ward said.

He also says he has plans to present his findings to the Tennessee attorney general, the Wayne County district attorney, and house speaker.

Byrd has not yet responded to a request for a comment.

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