PITTSBURGH (AP) – The preliminary hearing for a Western Pennsylvania county sheriff charged with threatening to cut off the hands of a political campaign worker and pulling a gun on a news reporter has been delayed while state court officials search for a suitable judge to hear the case.
The president judge of Beaver County has already issued an order barring any district judges in the county from hearing the case involving Sheriff George David. The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts hopes to assign an out-of-county judge, but wasn’t able to do that in time for Monday’s hearing.
The hearing has been rescheduled for April 29.
The sheriff has denied threatening anyone, but is otherwise not commenting.