Report: Marshall star Elijah Pittman indicted on battery charge

Elijah Pittman put up more than 16 points per game for the Herd in 2012-13. (USATSI)
Elijah Pittman put up more than 16 points per game for the Herd in 2012-13. (USATSI)

Twenty-two-year-old Marshall senior forward Elijah Pittman has been indicted on misdemeanor battery charges, according to the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, W.V.

Pittman was allegedly involved in an incident with a fellow student at the university last fall. According to the report, a Cabell County Grand Jury issued the indictment on July 31. Details include allegations of punching a male Marshall student and knocking him unconscious at an off-campus apartment on Oct. 10, 2012. 

The details of the case were submitted by Rob Stinnett, a detective with the Huntington Police Department.

Marshall Athletics issued a statement Tuesday that said, "We were aware of the issue and it is being dealt with internally and appropriately."
Stinnett said the student was taken to the emergency room at Cabell Huntington Hospital following the incident. The student suffered a broken nose, a concussion and a possible facial fracture during the incident, said Stinnett.

No word of suspension has come about from Marshall yet, perhaps waiting for the legal process to play out. Pittman was arraigned Wednesday, his bond set at $1,000. If convicted, Pittman faces a maximum of one year in prison. The judge in the case is allowing Pittman to be with Marshall's basketball team as it travels to Canada on Friday for a five-day trip worth of exhibition games. Pittman is due to appear in court again on Sept. 5.

Marshall coach Tom Herrion told prior to last season that Pittman might be the most talented player on the team. He went on to put up 16.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the 2012-13 season. He is a senior and the only returning starter from last season.

(H/T, CBT)

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