NBA: Greg Oden free to leave Indiana before trial in October

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Greg Oden is accused of punching his ex-girlfriend.
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Former NBA No.1 draft pick Greg Oden is free to leave Indiana while he awaits trial on charges he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face as long as he remains on GPS monitoring, a judge in Indianapolis ruled yesterday.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Steven Rubick entered a routine not-guilty plea on behalf of Oden and scheduled the trial for Oct. 22. The free agent is charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor battery counts.

Oden, a former Ohio State player, sat grimly at the defense table and answered the judge’s questions with a soft “Yes, your honor.” Oden’s attorney said in a statement after the brief hearing that the defense team would have no comment until the conclusion of the case.

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