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A Bismarck man accused of kicking guards at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in August will stand trial in February.

Efrain Knowles, 27, faces two counts of assaulting a correctional officer, court documents show. South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty during Knowles’ arraignment on Monday set a trial date of Feb. 14, 2020.

Knowles on Aug. 7 was being escorted by two guards when he began resisting, according to police. He allegedly kicked two guards in the abdomen after he was taken to the ground. Both sought medical attention and missed work for a time, a sheriff’s deputy said. Knowles was being held on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and false information to law enforcement when the incident allegedly occurred. A jury trial on those charges is set for Nov. 27.

Knowles is being held in the detention center in lieu of $2,000 cash bail on the assault charges. His attorney, Thomas Glass, did not immediately reply to phone messages seeking comment.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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