Penn State defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman were bound over for trial at a preliminary hearing yesterday in Bellefonte, Pa., in connection with an on-campus fight in October.
Baker, 20, of Windsor, Conn., and Bowman, 19, of District Heights, Md., face misdemeanor charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct along with a summary violation of harassment and stalking. But a more serious felony charge of aggravated assault was dismissed by Centre County District Judge Carmine Prestia.
The fight occurred at a fraternity dance party in the early hours of Oct. 7. According to the police report, a man was pummeled by several players until he was left bloodied. He was treated at the scene.
Baker's attorney, Karen Muir, has claimed her client wasn't involved at all. Bowman's attorney, Stacy Parks Miller, has said her client was acting in self-defense.
Their trials are slated to begin in April.
Both players, along with special-teams player Knowledge Timmons, did not travel with the Nittany Lions for the regular-season finale at Michigan State. Police say they plan to issue Timmons a summons for misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass for an incident after the fight. The three players' status for the Alamo Bowl, to be played on Dec. 29, is unclear.
Baker, along with safety Anthony Scirrotto, is also scheduled to go to trial in February in connection with an off-campus April fight.