HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Court records show that a former Alabama sheriff's deputy plans to plead guilty to charges of beating a motorist during a roadside stop in 2012.
A federal judge scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for Wednesday for former Madison County deputy Justin Adam Watson in Huntsville, Alabama.
Watson was charged with two civil rights violations. He's accused of stopping handyman Robert Bryant and assaulting him in August 2012. The two men got into a bar dispute weeks before.
Watson also was charged with three counts of obstruction on accusations he lied about the assault and encouraged others to lie. The indictment alleges that Watson put an unloaded gun to one man's head in an act of intimidation.
Bryant previously received a $625,000 settlement from the county over the assault.
Both Watson and Bryant are white.