A man accused of assaulting a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer in Texas County in March 2008 will stand trial Nov. 16-18 in Phelps County.
Larry D. Brashears is charged with an incident near Highway H and U.S. 63 south of Houston that left Cpl. Curtis Haden with moderate injuries. Jury selection will occur on the first day.
Court records show Brashears entered a guilty plea on Sept. 26, but changed his mind during an Oct. 3 hearing.
Brashears was accused of assaulting Haden following a traffic stop. According to a report, Brashears struck the officer and placed him in a headlock. Haden, fearful that he was about to lose consciousness, removed his service weapon as the two struggled and it fired into the ground.
According to a report, Brashears held Haden at gunpoint as he took the officer’s wallet, a small amount of cash, three credit cards, one debit card, car keys and a flashlight.
A passer-by alerted authorities after seeing Haden’s patrol car door open and his hat on the ground. A manhunt ended with Brashears’ arrest about three hours later near the incident site.
Haden sustained moderate injuries, including problems with an eye.
Brashears also faces numerous charges in Howell County.