By JB Clark
ABERDEEN – The civil trial accusing a former Highway Patrol trooper of exercising unnecessary and excessive physical force has a new judge.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock recused herself Wednesday from the case in which John Hawn alleges ex-trooper Christopher Hughes beat him after he failed to stop at a roadblock Hughes was conducting.
The case was reassigned to District Judge Glen H. Davidson.
Aycock said she cannot comment on her recusal from the case she was assigned Feb. 21, 2013.
The trial is set for Oct. 6. It was pushed back from the original Sept. 15 trial date Thursday.
In the civil suit five plaintiffs allege Hughes used excessive force against them in separate incidents over the course of two years.
Hughes is currently in federal prison, serving a 33-month sentence after he pleaded guilty February 2013 to depriving a woman of her civil rights by beating her in the Lee County Jail.