Judge removes self from Wayde Sims murder case, cites connections with Sims family
BATON ROUGE - A local judge has recused himself from the case of the man accused of murdering LSU basketball player Wayde Sims, saying he knows members of the victim's family.
On Thursday, Judge Mike Erwin announced he was recusing himself from Dyteon Simpson's trial. Simpson allegedly shot and killed Sims after the student-athlete intervened in a fight involving one of his friends.
Erwin said he was removing himself from the case because he personally knew Sims' father, and his grandson went to school with Sims.
In court this morning for arraignment of Dyteon Simpson, accused of killing LSU basketball player, Wayde Sims. The judge, Mike Erwin, recused himself saying he knows Wayde’s dad and his grandson went to school with Wayde.— Johnston vonSpringer (@johnstonvon) January 31, 2019
New arraignment date and judge TBD. @WBRZ
The move will delay Simpson's arraignment, which will be held at a later date once a new judge is selected.
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