- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A tentative trial date has been set for a former Minot State University football player accused of assaulting the captain of the school’s baseball team.

Twenty-one-year-old Kwame Johnson is charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with the Aug. 29 attack on Keith Ailes. Twenty-two-year-old Steven Patrick faces the same charge.

Both men are accused of repeatedly punching Ailes in the head, causing injuries including a broken eye socket, during a verbal altercation at a party.

The Minot Daily News reports that a judge on Wednesday gave the men’s attorneys more time to work out a plea agreement and attentively set their trial date for March 1.

Johnson was taken into custody after the hearing for violating his bail agreement by leaving the state without the court’s permission.

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