Preliminary hearing continued for Oklahoma ex-coach

DURANT — A preliminary hearing will continue in April for a former Oklahoma middle school coach accused of intentionally throwing baseballs at players as punishment.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 9, 2014
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DURANT — A preliminary hearing will continue in April for a former Oklahoma middle school coach accused of intentionally throwing baseballs at players as punishment.

A judge heard testimony from witnesses Monday and Tuesday in the case of former Silo baseball coach Roy West. The hearing is to continue April 2.

West is charged with seven counts of felony injury to a minor child and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

A local newspaper reports that most of the 11 boys who testified this week said West threw baseballs at them as either punishment or conditioning for not “squaring up” and hitting balls properly. But none of the boys said they were injured.

West's attorney has said his client would never intentionally harm a child.


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