The DWI case against Batesville police officer Rick King will not be presided over by Judge Chaney Taylor.
Independence County prosecutor Daniel Haney filed a motion on April 1 for the recusal of Chaney. King, through his attorney Bill Arnold, did not object to Chaney’s recusal. The motion was approved on April 21.
Judge Lance Wright, district judge out of Cleburne County, has been assigned to preside over King’s trial, which will take place Aug. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
The motion for Chaney’s recusal states that Taylor “may have been present at Fox Creek Barbecue – a restaurant that does serve alcohol – that Rick King indicated he had been the same evening.”
That means, according to the motion, that Taylor could be a material witness.
King, 34, was cited on March 12 for numerous traffic violations at approximately 11:11 p.m., according to citations that were filed.
Those charges include, along with DWI, speeding more than 15 miles per hour over the limit, open container containing alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle without tags, as well as no liability insurance.
King is also charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test.