SOUTH BEND — A University of Notre Dame student charged with a felony for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a party bust last fall appeared in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.
Benjamin Ashenburg, 21, was scheduled to go on trial April 14, but a judge on Thursday agreed to vacate the trial date as both sides continue to take depositions and work on a possible plea agreement.
Ashenburg is accused of battery to a police officer, a class D felony, and underage drinking and resisting law enforcement, both misdemeanors.
Prosecutors say Ashenburg took out his iPhone and appeared to start recording while Indiana State Excise Police officers checked identification of 75 to 80 students at a party in an apartment at Clover Village, east of Notre Dame, on Aug. 29.
Thirty-one students were subsequently arrested for underage drinking.
Ashenburg allegedly got into an altercation with police when an officer tried to take his phone. Police reported that he was Tasered twice before being physically restrained by officers and arrested.