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Fri March 19, 2010

Trooper Trouble

Okmulgee, OK – Trial delayed for trooper accused of kicking woman

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) The jury trial of an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who is accused of kicking a handcuffed woman has been delayed.

Okmulgee County District Attorney Tom Giulioli says the trial for Barry Rowland was pushed back on Monday because of an overbooked docket. A status hearing on the case has been set for March 26.

Giulioli says Rowland has until then to consider a plea bargain offer made by prosecutors, or his case will be set for trial. He declined to discuss the offer.

Rowland is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for allegedly kicking Dana Michelle Walls on Nov. 21, 2008, outside a Henryetta bar. He is on paid administrative leave.

Rowland's attorney, Gary James, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com