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Not-guilty plea entered for man accused of assaulting Dakota Meyer

President Barack Obama awarded Kentuckian Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor for heroism.
President Barack Obama awarded Kentuckian Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor for heroism. MCT

A judge entered a not-guilty plea Monday for the man charged with assaulting Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.

District Judge Michael Loy entered the plea for Kanissa'ai Thompson during a short hearing in Adair County.

Thompson, 18, is charged with second-degree assault, a felony. He allegedly injured Meyer seriously enough that Meyer required medical treatment, including staples to close a gash on his head.

Thompson denied the allegation, saying it was a woman who hit Meyer during a party in December. Meyer has said Thompson's account of the altercation is false.

Loy also appointed a public defender to represent Thompson and scheduled a preliminary hearing for him for Jan. 16.

The purpose of the preliminary hearing will be for a judge to rule whether there is sufficient evidence to justify sending Thompson's case to a grand jury, which would then decide whether to indict Thompson.

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