Matthew Hibbard assault trial begins in Benton County

<p>Matthew Hibbard In Court</p>

Matthew Hibbard In Court

The trial of a bouncer accused of assaulting a man outside a Kennewick night club last year begins today in Benton County.

Matthew Hibbard is charged with third degree assault.

He's accused of grabbing Ben Ensign by the neck and throwing him onto the sidewalk outside Jack Didley's on July 4th, 2012.

Ensign suffered a brain injury as a result of the altercation.

This afternoon, attorneys presented their opening statements to the jury.

The trial will continue tomorrow.

The most recent blog post from Ensign's family states he is improving and working to get his coordination and walking skills back.