CRIME

Man accused of assault at Trump rally scheduled for court

John Franklin McGraw, far left, listens to Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney Bella Troung during an appearance in Cumberland County District Court in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, April 6, 2016. McGraw is charged in connection with an assault on a demonstrator at a Donald Trump campaign in Fayetteville last month. Both the defense and the prosecution agreed to the case being continued until July 13.  (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

John Franklin McGraw, far left, listens to Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney Bella Troung during an appearance in Cumberland County District Court in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, April 6, 2016. McGraw is charged in connection with an assault on a demonstrator at a Donald Trump campaign in Fayetteville last month. Both the defense and the prosecution agreed to the case being continued until July 13. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)  (The Associated Press)

The white Donald Trump supporter accused of punching a black man being escorted from a rally by sheriff's deputies is scheduled to appear in court in North Carolina.

Officials say 78-year-old John Franklin McGraw of Linden is supposed to appear in a Cumberland County courtroom Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

McGraw is charged with assault and disorderly conduct after the rally for the Republican presidential front-runner in Fayetteville.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the assault victim was being escorted out of Crown Coliseum after disrupting the rally, and deputies had their eyes on the stairs when the assault happened.

Video of the scuffle was widely viewed and prompted scrutiny over violence at Trump's campaign rallies.