Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is scheduled for an Oct. 22 jury trial on charges that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.
The free-agent center appeared in Marion Superior Court for a brief hearing this morning on charges of felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Justin L. Mack of the Indy Star provides new details on what happened the night of Greg Oden's arrest and the penalty he is facing for his actions:
Court documents filed today say the 7-foot-tall, 285-pound Oden is accused of punching Christina Green in the face three times and fracturing a bone in her nose.
His mother, awoken by the commotion, had to pull the former No. 1 draft pick off his bloodied former girlfriend to bring the incident to an end, documents state.
Oden, 26, was charged Monday in Marion Superior Court with one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury.
His felony offense carries a penalty of one to six years behind bars.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
The Associated Press (via ESPN.com) reported on Greg Oden's legal situation following his arrest:
Prosecutors in Indiana have formally charged former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.
The free-agent center was charged Monday with felony battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden's road to redemption in the NBA hit a rough patch Thursday morning as the 26-year-old free agent was arrested in Lawrence, Indiana.
According to WTHR Channel 13, the former Ohio State star was taken into custody and booked on "one Class A misdemeanor for battery with injury and one Class B misdemeanor for battery."
ESPN.com reports Oden has been released:
Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is out of jail following his arrest on battery charges for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face.
Oden, 26, was released from custody Thursday evening. Online Marion County Jail records show Oden was released on a $10,000 bond.
IndyStar Sports reveals Oden will wear a GPS ankle bracelet:
Per Bill McCleery and Matthew Glenesk of the Indianapolis Star, it is alleged that Oden punched a woman in the face who he had previously dated for two years. They broke up approximately two months ago, per the report.
The alleged victim was initially uncooperative, but her best friend convinced her to tell police what happened, according to McCleery and Glenesk.
"There isn't that much love in the world. You need to tell that he punched you in the face," the witness said to the alleged victim.
Oden accepted responsibility at the scene, according to the police report via WTHR Channel 13.
"Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim. My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but as I swung my arms to move them out of the way, then punched the victim in the face. I was wrong and I know what has to happen," Oden said.
TheIndyChannel.com's staff provided details of the incident:
Lawrence Police Department (LPD) investigators said just after 3:30 a.m. Thursday, officers headed to the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place on a report of a disturbance.
After speaking with Oden outside the house, officers found a woman lying inside on a couch with blood covering her face. ...
... Officers said the victim also had swelling of the nose and cuts on her forehead and nose. There was blood on the sofa and floor of the living room and a flower pot had crashed to the floor.
LPD said the victim had a very hard time talking about the incident.
Here is a look at Oden's mugshot following the arrest, courtesy of WTHR 13's Bruce Kopp:
Liane Morejon of Local10.com provided an additional look at Oden's mugshot:
The 7-foot center played in the NBA this past season for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. He served as a reserve for the Miami Heat and averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.
Oden has dealt with serious knee injuries throughout his career, and it seemed as though he might never play again after two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, the team that drafted him in 2007 ahead of Kevin Durant.
He was recently in the news because he was expected to have a workout with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN's Jorge Sedano:
Oden certainly hasn't been the dominant player most expected him to be, but the fact that he was even playing was a small victory. Oden's agent has yet to release a statement on the incident, according to WTHR Channel 13.
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