A Garden City man pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon in Ellis County District Court to a charge of aggravated battery related to a fight that broke out during a May softball game in Hays.
Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees said a plea bargain is possible, but the details are still being worked out. In the meantime, Salvadore Benitez will be put on the court docket for a jury trial.
Benitez was arrested May 22 in Garden City, three days after a fight the previous Saturday night at Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex during a slow-pitch softball tournament of the United States Specialty Sports Association.
The fight was captured on video and shared on Twitter. A man in orange can be seen picking up another man and throwing him to the ground, then kicking the man in the face.
A police report indicated one man had an arm broken during the fight and the suspect fled the scene.
Well this happened pic.twitter.com/3zQ32pSJm4— Cock™ (@CockyGing) May 20, 2018