RTA #Uppercut Trials Delayed
Attorneys for former bus driver and the passenger he punched seek time to gather more evidence.
A Shaker Heights Municipal Court judge has granted motions to delay the trials of Artis Hughes and Shidea Lane.
The two were involved in a fight that turned physical — which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — on an RTA bus in Beachwood last fall.
Lane, 25, reportedly boarded RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 without paying. A dispute began that ended in the notorious uppercut delivered by Hughes, who was driving the bus.
Lane and Hughes were criminally charged following the incident.
Hughes' jury trial on an assault charge was scheduled to begin Jan 25, but the case was delayed to Feb. 28 per a joint request by the defense and the prosecution so more evidence could be gathered. Lane, whose trial was set for Feb. 14, is now scheduled to face a judge May 2.
Artis was fired from the RTA following the incident and his union is fighting for his job. Arbitration is pending.