New judge selected for Montgomery police officer's murder trial

Published: Dec. 6, 2016 at 6:09 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new judge has been selected to preside over the murder trial of Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith after the original judge filed paperwork Tuesday to recuse himself from the case.

Officer Smith is charged with murder in the Feb. 25 shooting death of Montgomery resident Gregory Gunn,

According to court documents, Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick recused himself, citing a personal conflict. He's been replaced by Montgomery Judge James Anderson.

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On Monday, attorneys representing officer Smith filed a motion to have the trial moved to a different venue. Documents showed the attorneys cited racial prejudice and hatred toward Smith are their reason for seeking a new location to hold the trial.

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