The man accused of assaulting U.S. Senator Rand Paul has pleaded not guilty.
Rene Boucher made his first court appearance in Warren District Court Thursday morning in front of a slew of news cameras.
He entered a plea of not guilty shortly after he was formally charged with assault fourth degree.
Boucher walked into the courtroom with his attorney Matthew Baker and only spent a short time in front of a judge.
Boucher, a neighbor, of Paul is accused of assaulting the Kentucky Republican while he was mowing his lawn in Bowling Green Friday.
Paul wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he suffered six broken ribs and a pleural effusion, which is excess fluid around the lungs. The injuries have sidelined Paul from the Senate as he recovers at his home.
The ongoing mystery is what led to the assault. Boucher’s attorney has called it “a very regrettable dispute” that was “trivial.”
Paul and Boucher have been neighbors for 17 years in a gated community.
A friend of Paul’s said the senator was tackled from behind and slammed to the ground.
Boucher is scheduled appear in court again on November 30.
(This story was originally published November 9, 2017)