RENO, Nev. (AP) — A one-time aide to Nevada’s former Republican U.S. Sen. John Ensign awaits trial Dec. 15 on charges he grabbed his wife by the throat during an argument and pushed her.

The trial date for Kevin Kirkeby was set Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court, two days after he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of battery constituting domestic violence and coercion.

Kirkeby was for 10 years Ensign’s rural coordinator until the senator resigned in May amid an ongoing ethics investigation following his extramarital affair with an ex-staffer.

The 47-year-old Kirkeby is accused of grabbing his wife’s throat and squeezing while they argued over personal issues at their Douglas County home about 35 miles south of Reno.

His lawyer, Larry Dunn, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

  1. Jim P. Goldsmith says:

    this story is misleading! eNSIGN IS NOT IN THIS STORY!

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