Free-agent center Greg Oden has been formally charged with felony battery stemming from his arrest last Thursday after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face after a night of drinking.
The former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick now faces three charges, according to Justin L. Mack of the Indianapolis Star:
Oden, 26, was charged in Marion Superior Court [Monday] with one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury.
His felony offense carries a penalty of one to six years behind bars.
Lawrence, Ind., police were called to a home belonging to Oden's mother at about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, and arrived "to find the victim crying and lying across a bed holding her face," according to Bill McCleery and Matthew Glenesk of the Star:
A woman described as the victim's best friend first told officers what happened, police said.
"He punched her in the face," the witness said, according to the report. [...]
Police "observed blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area of the victim's face," according to the report. They also "observed blood on the sofa and floor in the sitting area. [They] observed [blood] on the living room carpet [and] dirt from a flower pot that was knocked over."
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