Maurer pleads not guilty

KING COUNTY - A former Mount Si High School student has pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, a charge he faces after a fight between rival schools left an Issaquah High School student severely beaten.

Shaun Bennett Maurer, 18, of Klahanie appeared in King County Superior Court for arraignment Thursday morning. He has been free since posting bond.

Maurer stands accused of inflicting serious injuries on Issaquah High School senior Jason Kauweloa, who was hospitalized and received more than 100 stitches in his head and face during a fight Jan. 14 between students from Mount Si and Issaquah high schools.

Maurer was expelled from Mount Si in 2000.

Kauweloa, 17, told police he was running away from the scene of the fight when he was struck.

Police estimated as many as 100 teenagers showed up for the brawl at the High Point exit of Interstate 90. The violence apparently erupted in response to Issaquah's narrow boys' basketball win over Mount Si, police said.

Maurer will be back in court on Thursday, Feb. 20, when a trial date will be assigned.

He faces three to nine months in jail if convicted.

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