The trial of country singers Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney was interrupted today (May 17) when the presiding Buffalo-area judge had to be taken to the hospital. Orchard Park Town Court Judge Edmund Bro

The trial of country singers Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney was interrupted today (May 17) when the presiding Buffalo-area judge had to be taken to the hospital. Orchard Park Town Court Judge Edmund Brown was in his chambers just before the start of the fourth day of testimony when he had trouble breathing. Brown, who had a cancerous lung removed in December, went in an ambulance to a Buffalo hospital.

Testimony was canceled for the day. Prosecutors said if Brown can't return to work, a mistrial will be declared and the proceedings will start all over. The defense lawyers made no comment as they left court today.

McGraw and Chesney were arrested last June after Chesney rode away on a police horse and McGraw tussled with police who tried to pull Chesney off the horse, according to Erie County Sheriff's deputies. The incident occurred after the musicians performed as part of last year's George Strait Country Music Festival, which stopped at a venue near Buffalo.

McGraw, 34, is charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, and menacing, all misdemeanors, and a harassment violation. Chesney, 33, is charged only with disorderly conduct and faces up to 15 days in jail if convicted.

Manager Mark Russo, accused of joining the fray, is charged with obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, and harassment and disorderly conduct violations. The charges against McGraw and Russo, 45, carry jail terms of up to a year.

The trial had been expected to last through the end of the week.


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