BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Bowling Green doctor Rene Boucher made his first appearance in Warren Circuit Court Thursday morning.
Photo: Warren County Regional Jail
Boucher is accused of tackling Senator Rand Paul to the ground, causing serious injury. The two have been neighbors for 17 years in the Rivergreen gated community.
Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
A pretrial conference was set for November 30 at 1:30 p.m.
Baker told 13 News the alleged assault on Sen. Rand Paul was in fact over a property dispute, but to say that Paul was "blindsided" is an unfair characterization.
The most recent statement from the Paul camp came from Doug Stafford, Senior Advisor to Sen. Paul:
“Last week Senator Paul was vigorously assaulted by someone in his neighborhood. This is a serious criminal matter involving serious injury, and is being handled by local and federal authorities. As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years. The first "conversation" with the attacker came after Sen. Paul's ribs were broken. This was not a “fight”, it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention."
Paul updated his condition on social media Wednesday saying doctors found six broken ribs instead of the previously reported five and a "pleural effusion," which is a build-up of fluid between lung tissue.
Neighbors have speculated that a long-time feud over yard-work had finally boiled over, leading to the incident.
But the senator has recently shared posts on his social media that imply it was indeed political issues that spurred Boucher's alleged attack.
Boucher's attorney has denied any political motivation from the beginning.