The Mississippi Appellate Court reversed and remanded a lower court’s ruling that issued a default judgment against a man who had more than $400,000 seized by police, finding the state failed to comply with civil procedure rules in its attempt to serve process.

The appellate court voided the decision by the Rankin County Circuit Court and granted Chris Wharton’s motion to set aside a default judgment because the state did not follow Rule 4 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, according to the opinion filed Tuesday.

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