The Ottumwa Courier

February 22, 2013

IHCC’s Ross waives right to preliminary trail

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills sophomore guard Ronald Ross appeared in Des Moines County court Friday on a charge of serious assault stemming from last Saturday’s postgame brawl at Southeastern. Ross waived his right to a preliminary trial and will hire a private attorney.

Prosecutors now must file a trial information, which is a formal statement of the charges, in order to continue with any pre-trial procedures.

Ross (pictured) was arrested following the incident and charged with serious assault for a punch that left Billy Carroll, son of Southeastern head coach Terry Carroll, with a laceration to his upper lip. The Indianapolis native also received a three-game suspension from the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, the most of the 10 player and coach suspensions handed out by the ICCAC for the brawl.

Ross missed the Warriors’ 84-64 loss at Moberly Area Tuesday and will also miss tonight’s game with Marshalltown as well as Wednesday’s Region XI semifinal contest.

A scuffle broke out between Indian Hills and Southeastern players in front of the Blackhawks bench and drew both players and fans into the fight.