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Walker case reassigned to new judge

LAWRENCEVILLE - The John Luke Walker molestation case has been reassigned to Superior Court Judge Warren Davis, Walker's attorney confirmed Thursday.

Warren Davis was appointed to Superior Court by Gov. Sonny Perdue in December. He is Gwinnett's 10th Superior Court Judge.

The reassignment was prompted by Superior Court Judge Tom Davis voluntarily recusing himself from the case after Walker's attorney, B.J. Bernstein, filed a complaint alleging that Tom Davis used profane language directed at her during a June 26 conference call in which she withdraw a motion for bond for the 17-year-old.

Tom Davis, appointed in 2006 to Superior Court, was upset at the last-minute nature of Bernstein's change of plans because he had scheduled time to take up the bond hearing while he was overseeing a murder trial in its second day of testimony.

Tom Davis later apologized in his recusal order, calling his choice of words - a four-letter expletive - "intemperate and ill-advised."

Walker, a Brookwood student athlete, entered a not guilty plea in June to charges of aggravated child molestation and false statements involving an alleged Feb. 17 incident with a 14-year-old girl. An additional count of rape was later dropped.

He remains in the Gwinnett County Jail.