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RTA Uppercut Trials Delayed

Judge grants motions to delay trials for Artis Hughes and Shidea Lane

A Shaker Heights Municipal Court judge has granted motions to delay the trials of Artis Hughes and Shidea Lane.

The two were involved in an altercation — which was recorded on a cell phone and later became a viral video — on an RTA bus in Beachwood last fall.

Shidea Lane, 25, reportedly boarded an RTA #5 bus Sept. 18 without paying. A dispute began that ended in the notorious uppercut delivered by Hughes, who was driving the bus.

Both Lane and Hughes were criminally charged following the incident.

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Hughes' jury trial for an assault charge was scheduled to begin today, but it was pushed back to February 28 per a joint request made 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.

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Artis was fired from the RTA following the incident and his union is fighting for his job. Arbitration is pending.

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