Judge recuses himself from Lordstown water-bottle-throwing case

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The judge said he is a friend of the alleged victim, so he's bringing in another judge to hear the case

Justin Testerman and Damian Brumfield, charged with assault in Lordstown water-bottle-throwing incident.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The two men charged with throwing a water bottle at a bicyclist in Lordstown appeared in court Monday.

The judge entered not guilty pleas for Damian Brumfield and Justin Testerman. He’s recusing himself from the case, as he is a friend of the alleged victim.

The incident happened on Tod Avenue on July 5. Investigators say dash camera video from a semi-truck showed a water bottle being thrown from a vehicle, hitting a bicyclist in the head.

Watch: Dash-cam video shows water bottle thrown at bicyclist in Lordstown

The driver of the vehicle, Brumfield, and passenger, Testerman, were charged with assault in the case.

Brumfield and Testerman will be back in court next month for a pretrial.

They were ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said Brumfield and Testerman pleaded no contest in the case. The judge told the defendants he couldn’t accept a no-contest plea, as he is recusing himself from the case. The defendants will be back in court next month. We regret the error.

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