Greg Oden to appear before judge Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Former Lawrence North star and NBA player Greg Oden will stand before a judge for the first time Wednesday.

Police arrested Oden last week after they say he hit his ex-girlfriend. He is facing charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury — a Level 5 felony under Indiana’s new criminal code — domestic battery and battery resulting in injury, both misdemeanors.

His appearance is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Marion County. It will be the first time he will face a judge since his arrest in Lawrence.

According to court documents, Oden, his ex-girlfriend and her friend went out drinking last week. When they got back to his mother’s house in Lawrence, police say the couple started arguing. Court documents show Oden punched his ex-girlfriend in the face three times, causing cuts, swelling, and bleeding.

Police say the victim told officers she fell but that Oden ended up taking responsibility for her injuries. A relative told officers that every time the two would go out the night would end in an argument.

Oden bonded out last Thursday and was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

He won three state basketball titles playing for Lawrence North High School. After starring at Lawrence North with Mike Conley where the two won state titles from 2004 to 2006, Oden played one season alongside Conley at Ohio State before being drafted number one overall by the Portland Trailblazers. His NBA career has been marred by injuries.

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