A former Hyde County deputy sheriff had his first court appearance Friday after his arrest for allegedly repeatedly tasing two people.
According to a court clerk, Mike Gaskill showed up to court without an attorney and said he would be hiring his own lawyer. His next court date was set for November 16th.
An indictment says deputy Gaskill "willingly and feloniously restrained" Roland Cooper on April 8th of last year and assaulted him by repeatedly using a Taser.
The second case happened on June 20th, 2008. That indictment says Tyree Bond was assaulted when the deputy used a Taser on him for 24 seconds.
Gaskill, according to a statement from Sheriff David Mason, was a certified law enforcement officer with approximately three years experience. Mason fired the deputy after his arrest.
Gaskill is facing two felonious restraint charges and two misdemeanor simple assault charges.