Suspended NC State guard Markell Johnson facing felony assault charges

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Markell Johnson will remain suspended after felony assault charges were filed. USATSI

Suspended NC State guard Markell Johnson is facing felonious assault charges in his hometown of Cleveland.

According to a report from the News & Observer, Johnson, a sophomore, was accused of being part of an incident in early-October and was indicted on Dec. 5, along with three other individuals who don't play for the Wolfpack -- Demarious Green, Michael Melton and Johnnie Pullman. The four were jailed on Dec. 20 and ordered to supply a DNA sample.

Johnson has since been released on $5,000 bond but his indefinite suspension issued Dec. 16 for a violation of the school's student-athlete code of conduct remains in effect.

Johnson and the three other defendants were scheduled for a pretrial conference on Thursday morning.

Johnson started NC State's first 10 games this season where he averaged 8.7 points, 6.6 assists and an ACC-best 2.4 steals per game. The Wolfpack were 8-2 with him in the lineup.

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