By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Three men identified as former Northwestern Oklahoma State University football players are accused of beating another man they thought had called police on them.
Oluwatayo Adewon, 20; Andrew King, 21; and Justin Woody, 19; appeared in Woods County District Court on Friday after they were arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. They face misdemeanor assault and battery charges.
The alleged beating occurred more than a week ago, according to court documents. The three suspects, along with a fourth man, also had been arrested April 22 on a complaint of marijuana possession.
Alva Police Officer Kristina Jones responded to an incident April 23 and talked to a 22-year-old man with a swollen eye, a busted lip and the impression of a foot on his back, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
The man said he was sitting on his porch when a man in dreadlocks approached him. The man, later identified by the victim as King, asked if the victim had called the cops a day earlier, according to the affidavit. The man replied he didn’t call the police, and King allegedly began punching him. That’s when the two other assailants joined in, the affidavit states.
A witness told police he saw the attackers kicking the victim in the body and in the head. He yelled at the attackers and they ran away, according to the affidavit.
King is a junior from Bay Minnette, Ala., Adewon is a sophomore from Plano, Texas, and Woody is an Oklahoma City freshman.
NWOSU Athletic Director Andy Carter told the Northwestern News he could not comment, other than to say Woody, Adewon and King no longer were members of the football team, according to the website rangerpulse.com, the official website of NWOSU student media. Carter did not discuss why they were not on the team.