Former Cincinnati Bengal Odell Thurman to stand trial for felonious assault charge in Kalahari fight

SANDUSKY Former Cincinnati Bengallinebacker Odell Thurman is set to stand trial Jan. 27 on a felonio
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Former Cincinnati Bengallinebacker Odell Thurman is set to stand trial Jan. 27 on a felonious assault charge, according to court records.

Thurman, 25, was in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Monday with his attorney, Rick Garand, for a pre-trial hearing.

Thurman is accused of punching a North Royalton man in the face May 27 during an altercation at Kalahari Resort.

Thurman is scheduled to enter a final plea Jan. 12.

If prosecutors and Thurman are unable to work out a plea deal, the case will go to trial later in the month. A trial is expected to last two or three days, prosecutors told Judge Roger Binette.

The North Royalton man is requesting restitution and prison time for Thurman if he's found guilty of felonious assault. Thurman could receive up to eight years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted.

Garand asked prosecutors to provide a photo lineup and a victim's statement as part ofdiscovery, according to courtdocuments.

Thurman, a second-round pick in 2005 out of the University of Georgia, was suspended for the 2008 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy, the Associated Press reported. He was suspended from the NFL for the past two seasons and won't likely be considered for reinstatement until after sitting out the2008 season.

He was released by the Bengals on May 19.

Thurman is free on $20,000 bond.