The murder trial of former California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Peyer was assigned Thursday to the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Richard Huffman.
Judge J. Richard Haden, supervising judge of the Superior Court's criminal division, said Huffman will preside over all aspects of the case, including the hearing of any pretrial motions.
Peyer, who was fired by the CHP last month, is scheduled to go on trial Sept. 14 in the strangulation last December of Cara Knott, 20, of El Cajon. He is free on $1 million bond.
After the courtroom assignment, prosecutor Joe van Orshoven and defense attorney Robert Grimes met with Huffman to discuss the timing of possible motions in the case.