The neighbor who has admitted to assaulting U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his Bowling Green home made his first court appearance Thursday.
Rene Boucher pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor fourth degree assault charge in Warren District Court.
Boucher told police he attacked Paul from behind while the Republican lawmaker was mowing his yard last week. Speculation has been rampant about what prompted the physical altercation.
A family friend previously told WKU Public Radio that the alleged assault was likely related to property and that Boucher had expressed anger about not being able to sell his home because of the trees on Paul’s property.
On Thursday, Boucher's attorney Matt Baker backed up those claims. In an interview with NBC News, Baker was asked if the attack was about a "messy yard."