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Ex-NBA Player Wingfield Indicted

August 19, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Dontonio Wingfield, a former NBA and University of Cincinnati basketball player, was indicted Wednesday on two assault charges accusing him of fighting with police officers who were called to break up a domestic dispute.

Wingfield, 24, of Albany, Ga., pleaded innocent last week in Hamilton County Municipal Court to charges by police in Forest Park, a Cincinnati suburb.

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted Wingfield on a charge of felonious assault and another charge of assault. The grand jury ignored a police charge that Wingfield resisted arrest, county prosecutors said.

Police said they were called Aug. 13 after Wingfield allegedly knocked over a table at girlfriend Kristina Cornett’s home. After police arrived, Wingfield grabbed Cornett’s arm and then assaulted two police officers, breaking the finger of one policeman, officers said.

Wingfield was released on bond after he appeared in court Friday. He was a second-round NBA draft pick in 1994 after one collegiate season. He was waived this year by Portland.

In 1993 when he was a University of Cincinnati recruit, Wingfield tore up the kitchen of his mother’s house in Albany, Ga., because she wouldn’t let him borrow her car, police said. He kicked two officers who arrived to arrest him, police said.

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