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New trial date set for former trooper accused of excessive force at traffic stop


ABERDEEN, Mississippi — A new court date has been set for a former Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper accused of using unnecessary and excessive force.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( ) reports the federal civil case is now set to begin Dec. 7 in Oxford.

John Hawn alleges 43-year-old ex-trooper Christopher Hughes beat him after he failed to stop at a roadblock. Five plaintiffs allege Hughes used excessive force against them in separate incidents over the course of two years.

The trial was initially scheduled for September 2014. This is the third time the date has been pushed back.

Hughes is currently serving a 33-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to depriving a woman of her civil rights by beating her in the Lee County Jail. He is scheduled to be released in January.

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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