Man Accused of Beating Police Officer with Baton is Back in Trial

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A man accused of beating up a police officer with her own baton is back on trial at the Washington County Courthouse. Hiram Graham's first trial ended in a hung jury on an attempted capital murder charge.

Graham was found guilty last October of 2nd degree battery, but the jury was deadlocked on the attempted capital murder charge.

The beating happened February 2011 outside of the IHOP on Waddington Drive. An IHOP employee called police about a man who apparently had been drinking and was acting up inside the restaurant.

Two police officers were called to the restaurant and attempted to arrest him. Police said he resisted and as things got more out of hand, officers tased him. That's when his brother Joemo attacked a male officer and Hiram Graham grabbed Officer Lindley's baton and beat her with it.

Lindley suffered severe cuts on her head and chin, requiring stitches and staples.

Several officers testified today as well as IHOP employees. Hiram Graham's trial is expected to end in a couple of days.

Police said Joemo Graham pleaded guilty in a separate trial and is close to being out on parole.