HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Marshall University basketball player and another Marshall student exchanged brief eye contact during a court hearing Thursday morning.
In July, a Cabell County grand jury indicted Elijah Pittman on one count of misdemeanor battery.
According to the direct indictment, the charge stems from an incident with another Marshall student on October 10, 2012.
Court officials learned Thursday that a key witness in the case could be called up for active military duty.
Pittman will return to court for another pretrial hearing on December 9. His trial is set for January 16th.
Pittman is a senior on the MU Basketball team.
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Elijah Pittman was indicted by the July Cabell County Grand Jury.
According to the direct indictment, the charge stems from an incident that happened on October 10, 2012.
Huntington Police Detective Rob Stinnett tells WSAZ.com that Pittman got into a fight with Mazen Younis, a Marshall University student. It happened in the 1900 block of Buffington Avenue.
Stinnett says Younis received a concussion, broken nose and facial fractures during the fight.
He tells WSAZ.com the men had conflicting reports about what unfolded, but both said the fight started after Pittman and his girlfriend were arguing on the sidewalk.
Pittman told police that he and his girlfriend were arguing, and that Younis and his cousin came up and tried to intervene. Pittman said that Younis became aggressive first.
Younis told police that Pittman and his girlfriend were fighting, that it started to become physical, and when he tried break it up, Pittman hit him.
Stinnett says the case was originally presented to the grand jury as a felony charge.
No word when Pittman will be in court.
Pittman is a senior forward on Marshall's basketball team. During the 2012-2013 season, he played in all 32 games and lead the team, averaging 16.1 points per game.
He is originally from Covington, Kentucky.
Marshall University Athletics released a statement on the charge on Tuesday saying, "We were aware of the issue and it is being dealt with internally and appropriately."
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