Affidavit alleges Holloway was punched by accuser

Staff Report
Staff Writer

The incident that led to Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Lewis Holloway’s Aug. 10 arrest was not the first incident involving Holloway and the accuser, court documents show.
Roy Couvion, 51, of Starkville, was arrested Monday and charged with simple assault stemming from a May 3 incident. The arrest came after Holloway signed an affidavit in Oktibbeha County Justice Court on Aug. 12 alleging Couvion “hit (Holloway) in the jaw with his fist and push him down” near Holloway’s home on Mt Olive Rd.
A warrant was issued for Couvion’s arrest after the affidavit was signed. Couvion turned himself in at Oktibbeha County Jail at 10 a.m. Monday and was released 45 minutes later on $500 bond.
Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the incident on May 3 at 5:44 p.m., according to the incident report. The synopsis for the incident only states that it was an “animal problem.”
Holloway’s arrest stems from an Aug. 9 incident that also occurred on Mt Olive Road. The affidavit filed by Couvion on Aug. 10 alleges Holloway “did … attempt to put Roy Couvion in fear of eminent, bodily harm by threatening him with a firearm and discharged the firearm into the air.”
A second affidavit was filed against Holloway on the same date, but it was not made publicly available because it contains the name of a minor. After Couvion’s affidavit was filed, a warrant was issued for Holloway’s arrest. Holloway turned himself in to authorities and was charged with two counts of simple assault by threats. He was released on $1,000 bond.
The SOCSD Board of Trustees placed Holloway on paid administrative leave following the outcome of an investigation by board attorney John Hill. The board heard Hill’s findings during a closed-door meeting Monday evening. Board President Eddie Myles said afterward he expects the board to make a decision regarding Holloway’s continued employment with the school district during a special called meeting next Monday.
Both Holloway and Couvion are scheduled to appear in Justice Court on Sept. 15. The simple assault charges against both defendants are misdemeanors.