Meridian Star

January 9, 2013

Trial reset for ex-trooper charged in beating


Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. —  

A federal judge has rescheduled for March 11 the trial date of a former Mississippi Highway Patrol officer charged with beating a woman.

A complaint filed in October in U.S. District Court in north Mississippi alleges that Christopher Gary Hughes threw the woman to a concrete floor of the Lee County Detention Center and kicked and stomped her on Oct. 14, 2007.

Hughes has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial was initially set for January.

Authorities say Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson notified the Highway Patrol immediately after the incident and turned over a video.

The FBI is leading the investigation.

It's not clear why Hughes was charged nearly five years later.