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Mississippi rep charged with punching wife could be removed

FILE - In a Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 file photo, Rep. Doug McLeod, R-Lucedale, questions a health care witness at a House Medicaid Committee hearing, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. McLeod of Lucedale was arrested Saturday, May 18, 2019 on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. McLeod punched his wife in the face after she didn't undress quickly enough when the lawmaker wanted to have sex, according to a police report in the case.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi House speaker has lawyers researching how to remove a lawmaker if it’s true that the man punched his own wife and does not resign voluntarily.

Second-term Republican Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested and charged with misdemeanour domestic violence after deputies were called to his home late Saturday.

George County sheriff’s deputies say McLeod was drunk and had bloodied his wife’s nose after she didn’t undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.

Republican Speaker Philip Gunn said Friday that the House Ethics Committee will “closely monitor this case,” and he has asked legislative attorneys to research removal if a representative doesn’t resign even when “allegations prove to be true.”

McLeod has not responded to numerous messages from The Associated Press or other news outlets.

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