- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A judge is delaying a hearing for a former Alabama sheriff’s deputy indicted in an alleged beating.

Former Madison County deputy Justin Adam Watson is now due in court Friday morning. A hearing set for Tuesday was delayed at Watson’s request.

Court records show the judge wants to hear evidence before considering conditions for releasing Watson on bond.

The 29-year-old Watson is charged with two civil rights counts for allegedly stopping a man illegally and assaulting him in 2012. He’s charged with three counts of obstructing justice for allegedly lying about the assault and encouraging two other people to lie.

The allegations parallel a lawsuit filed against Watson and others by handyman Robert Bryant, who claims he was beaten on a roadside.

An attorney for Watson declined comment.

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