HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The leading scorer and lone returning starter from last season's Marshall men's basketball team was indicted by a Cabell County grand jury in July on a misdemeanor battery charge in an October 2012 incident, according to court documents.
Elijah Pittman, 22, was indicted after being accused of punching another man, "causing him to fall backward onto the pavement and become momentarily unconscious." The incident occurred on Oct. 10, 2012, according to the indictment.
Huntington Police Det. Rob Stinnett told WSAZ.com that the incident happened on the 1900 block of Buffington Avenue and Pittman and the victim gave conflicting accounts. Both said it began when Pittman and his girlfriend were arguing. Pittman told police that the victim was the aggressor, but the victim said that Pittman's argument with his girlfriend became physical and when he tried to break it up, Pittman hit him.
Stinnett said the victim received a concussion, a broken nose and facial fractures from the incident.
Marshall University released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying, "We were aware of the issues and it is being handled internally and appropriately."
Pittman averaged 16.1 points per game for the Thundering Herd for the 2012-13 season. The Covington, Ky., native came to Marshall from Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
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