Trial delayed again for deputy accused of beating motorist

Pittman and Davis. (Source: CCDC)
Pittman and Davis. (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The criminal trial for a Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputy who allegedly beat a motorist during a November 2012 traffic stop has been rescheduled, again.

The trial for Deputy Christopher Davis, charged with third-degree assault and battery by the State Law Enforcement Division, was delayed for the second week in a row after Davis' attorney said he had not had a chance to see all the evidence against his client.

Last week, the trial was rescheduled when the victim's lawyer did not show up and new information was revealed regarding a civil suit against the agency.

Officials say Davis, along with two other deputies, assaulted 20-year-old Devante Antwan Pittman after the pulling the victim over on Orleans Road around 11 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2012.

Davis recently resigned from the sheriff's office as part of a settlement with Pittman, who received $250,000, according to his attorney, Lionel Lofton.

Documents state on the night of Nov. 11, Davis pulled Pittman over and told him he was being stopped and ticketed for failure to use his turn signal.

Pittman told Davis he thought he had used his turn signal, which prompted Davis to reach his right hand through the open window on the driver's side and strike Pittman in the face, repeatedly, with a flashlight, according to reports.

Pittman's attorney said two other deputies, James Howard and Gilbert Baldwin, then walked over and helped Davis force Pittman from the vehicle.

The documents go on to state Howard and Baldwin restrained Pittman, Davis pulled the back of Pittman's head and repeatedly struck him in the face with his right fist.

According to a lawsuit filed against the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, "the force of Davis's blows was so severe that one of [Pittman's] teeth, along with some of the bone attached to the tooth, was knocked out."

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