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      Former officer accused of assault gets trial date

      Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson is acting as a special prosecutor in the Sanders case.

      A former Columbia police officer facing third degree assault charges appeared before a judge Thursday afternoon.

      A judge set the trial date for Rob Sanders as September 26.

      Sanders was charged with assault after the release of a video of an incident in a holding cell that shows Sanders shoved inmate Kenneth Baker into a concrete wall.

      Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson is acting as a special prosecutor in the Sanders case.