On Feb. 24, federal agents were contacted by legal counsel for DCS and informed that Fleming had been terminated from his position as local DCS director for encouraging a DCS subordinate employee to make false statements in the Hughes investigation.
The DCS subordinate employee reported to supervisors that a complaint has been made against Hughes on at least one occasion and Fleming, indeed, knew of this complaint. Fleming then encouraged that subordinate employee to make untruthful statements in the Hughes investigation. Hogsett said that after Fleming’s grand jury testimony, Fleming told the same employee that he gave inaccurate or incomplete information to the grand jury stating, “I didn’t tell them anything, I guess I told a little white lie, if anyone asks, don’t say anything.”
— For The Herald Bulletin