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Prosecutors formally charge Oden with battery

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have formally charged former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden with felony and misdemeanor battery charges alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.

The free-agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, on Monday was charged with a felony charge for battery resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor domestic battery and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The 26-year-old Oden was arrested at his mother's suburban home in Lawrence on Thursday and released later that day from jail. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden had punched the woman in the face, drawing blood.

The Associated Press left a phone message seeking comment with Oden's attorney.

The Portland Trail Blazers made Oden the top pick in the 2007 draft.