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Hearing set for Oklahoma junior high baseball coach

DURANT — A judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an Oklahoma junior high baseball coach accused of throwing baseballs at players as punishment.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 21, 2013
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DURANT — A judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an Oklahoma junior high baseball coach accused of throwing baseballs at players as punishment.

The hearing was set for Dec. 18 for Roy Martin West, who was charged last month with seven counts of injury to a minor child. West is a baseball coach at Silo Junior High School, but court records show he is not coaching while the criminal case is pending.

According to a local newspaper, authorities accuse West of hurling baseballs at seventh- and eighth-grade students in April. An affidavit says several students had bruises on their arms and legs as a result.

West's attorney, Joe White Jr., has said that his client is not guilty and would never intend to harm a child.

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