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MU's Elijah Pittman indicted for battery

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A Marshall University basketball player was indicted on charges of misdemeanor battery last month.

Elijah Pittman, 22, was indicted on one count of battery in connection with an incident in which he became physical with another Marshall student during an altercation last fall.

The indictment was returned by a Cabell County Grand Jury on July 31.

Marshall Athletics issued a statement Tuesday that said, "We were aware of the issue and it is being dealt with internally and appropriately."

In the indictment, Pittman is charged with unlawfully making physical contact with the male student by punching the student during an altercation, causing him to fall to the pavement and become momentarily unconscious.

The incident took place in the 1900 block of Buffington Avenue, at an apartment complex near campus, after midnight on October 10, 2012, said Huntington Police Det. Rob Stinnett, who presented the results of his investigation to the grand jury.

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.

Pittman was not in police custody Tuesday evening, and he will be arraigned in Cabell County Circuit Court Wednesday morning.

The 6-foot-9 Pittman, a Marshall senior forward from Covington, Ky., was the leading scorer on last season's Thundering Herd team and is the lone returning starting player this year.

He averaged 16.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

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