Notre Dame’s Butler pleads not guilty to two felonies

This photo released by the St. Joseph County Jail shows Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler. Butler was jailed Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, after a police officer said the player punched and slammed him to the ground outside a bar, Officers had to use a stun gun to subdue Butler in the altercation outside the Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, according to a probable cause affidavit. ( St. Joseph County Jail via AP)

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.
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.

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