Not guilty plea on felonies entered for Notre Dame CB Butler
FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 file photo released by the St. Joseph County Jail shows Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler. The Notre Dame cornerback taken into custody after allegedly punching a police officer and slamming the officer to the ground has been formally charged Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, with felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. ( St. Joseph County Jail via AP, File)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a Notre Dame cornerback accused of tackling a police officer and punching him during an altercation outside a bar.
St. Joseph Superior Court Magistrate Elizabeth Hardtke entered the preliminary plea Wednesday for Devin Butler on felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.
Butler wore a white shirt and black tie during the court appearance. He declined to comment afterward. He is scheduled for an initial hearing on Sept. 1.
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Butler was arrested Saturday hours after Indiana State Police arrested five teammates about 40 miles south of South Bend on misdemeanor marijuana and gun charges in a separate incident.
Coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team. Butler already was out until October with a broken foot.