Bundgaard pleads not guilty to domestic assault

PHOENIX - A state lawmaker charged with misdemeanor assault and endangerment stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident has pleaded not guilty.

The plea from Sen. Scott Bundgaard was entered by the court on Monday after his lawyer filed a notice of appearance on his behalf. His arraignment set for Tuesday was waived and a pretrial hearing set for July 18.

City prosecutors filed misdemeanor assault and endangerment charges against the Peoria Republican on June 10 for a February incident on a Phoenix freeway.

The 43-year-old lawmaker and girlfriend Aubry Ballard reportedly argued while returning home from a charity dance fundraiser. Each had bruises and cuts.

He lost his post as majority leader after the incident. Bundgaard's lawyer has said he has maintained his innocence and will be exonerated.