Judge Recuses Himself From Wall Case

By Stephanie Parkinson
By Scott Sarvay

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT

Huntington, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Huntington County commissioner facing 7 counts of battery was in court Wednesday to hear the charges against him. At that hearing, the judge also decided to call in another judge to preside over the case.

County Commissioner Tom Wall faces 7 counts of misdemeanor battery. Wednesday Judge Heffelfinger recused himself from the case. Judge Hakes will also not be taking the case. In their place will be Judge Kiracofe from Wells County.

"Both judges and commissioners are elected officials and in smaller communities a lot of these folks will know one another, sometimes they're politically active together. I don't know if that's the case here. Judge Heffelfinger did what he felt was right. I certainly had no objection and that was his prerogative and that's just the way it happens sometimes in smaller communities. And nothing has changed. It's still a criminal case in the State of Indiana, misdemeanor case here in the State of Indiana. It will go forward just like any other criminal case will," said DJ Sigler, Special Prosecutor.

The seven charges stem from two separate incidents with two different women who both told police Wall inappropriately touched them. The county commissioner faces up to 3 and ½ years behind bars and $7,000 dollars in fines.

Wall will be back in court November 14 for a pre-trial hearing.

Wall is up for re-election this November.

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