The lawyer for the person accused of violently attacking Sen. Rand Paul in his personal yard stated Monday that the conflict had “absolutely nothing to do” with politics and was a dispute over one thing “trivial” – deepening the thriller over what led to the badault that left the Republican senator with 5 damaged ribs.
The badault was critical sufficient that it’s unclear when Paul will return to work on Capitol Hill.
But 59-year-old Rene Boucher was launched on $7,500 bail Saturday and – to date – faces solely a misdemeanor cost. While extra expenses could possibly be forthcoming, it stays unclear precisely what led to the badault within the first place.
Matthew J. Baker, an lawyer for the defendant, stated in a press release Monday to Fox News that his consumer and the senator have been neighbors for 17 years and had been “prominent members of the local medical community and worked together when they were both practicing physicians.”
But within the thick of intense congressional debates over taxes and well being care, Baker stated politics was not the difficulty.
“The unfortunate occurrence of November 3rd has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas,” he stated. “It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial. We sincerely hope that Senator Paul is doing well and that these two gentlemen can get back to being neighbors as quickly as possible.”
This photograph offered by the Warren County Regional Jail exhibits Rene Boucher, who has been arrested and charged with badaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Kentucky State Police stated in a information launch Saturday, Nov. four, 2017 that Paul suffered a minor harm when 59-year-old Rene Boucher badaulted him at his Warren County residence on Friday afternoon.
(Warren County Regional Jail by way of AP)
He didn’t elaborate.
According to the jailer at Warren County Regional Jail, Boucher was launched on $7,500 bail Saturday.
“He faces Assault within the fourth diploma, minor harm,” Jailer Stephen Harmon advised Fox News on Monday, pointing additional inquiries to the Kentucky State Police. “Other charges may be pending.”
But Paul, R-Ky., seems to be dealing with greater than a “minor injury,” in response to updates from his workplace. On Sunday, Paul was recovering from 5 damaged ribs, together with three displaced fractures, after he was badaulted by the attacker who tackled him from behind at his residence.
The Kentucky State Police advised Fox News they’re nonetheless working an energetic and open investigation and simply discovered of Paul’s situation.
State Police advised Fox News on Monday that in Kentucky, there’s a statute that considers an badault a felony provided that there’s critical bodily harm.
Though the State Police was unable to supply Fox News a timeline for when their investigation might be full, a spokesman stated “it is up to Commonwealth prosecutors” whether or not Boucher’s expenses might change from misdemeanor to felony, relying on the severity of Paul’s accidents.
“Prosecutors will review our case in its entirety and they’ll make a determination if it will be bumped up to felony,” Jeremy Hodges, grasp trooper and public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post three at Bowling Green, advised Fox News on Monday. “The senator’s injuries are part of the investigation.”
When requested a couple of potential motive for Boucher, Hodges advised Fox News that it was one thing they might not launch, as “it is an active investigation” and that they’re “bound by security measures in place for the senator.”
Boucher’s subsequent courtroom look is about for Thursday morning.
Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, advised Fox News that it’s unclear when Paul will return to work as a result of he’s in “considerable pain” and has problem getting round, together with flying. Stafford stated any such harm is marked by extreme ache that may final for weeks and even months.
“This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force,” Stafford stated in a press release to Fox News.
“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life-threatening injuries such as: hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. Senator Paul does have lung contusions currently,” Stafford stated.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that an arrest warrant stated Paul advised police his neighbor got here onto his property and tackled him from behind Friday, forcing him to the bottom, all whereas the senator was mowing his garden. He had hbadle respiration due to the rib harm, the warrant stated.
Sunday’s disclosures in regards to the senator’s situation got here a day after Paul’s workplace stated the senator was nice and characterised his accidents as minor.
Paul and his spouse, Kelley, “appreciate everyone’s thoughts and well wishes and he will be back fighting for liberty in the Senate soon,” Stafford stated.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.