Former New Mexico and St. Louis School football player Kawika Ordenstein was indicted yesterday by a grand jury in Albuquerque, N.M., on one count of aggravated battery with great bodily harm for allegedly beating another athlete.
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The charge stemmed from an April 23 fight outside the school's athletic complex. The original charge was attempted murder. Ordenstein has been in Hawaii in the custody of his father, David Ordenstein, since he posted $10,000 bail and was released from the Bernalillo County Detention Center about four days after the incident.
UNM football coach Rocky Long dropped Ordenstein, a wide receiver, from the team when an arrest warrant was issued April 24. If convicted, Ordenstein could face up to three years in prison.
"Now we are totally prepared to go to trial and prove that aggravated battery is incorrect just like attempted murder was incorrect," David Ordenstein said.
Kawika Ordenstein, who was an all-star basketball player for St. Louis, will remain here until a trial date is set.
RIPKEN-NOMO CAMP HERE: Baltimore Orioles "Ironman" Cal Ripken Jr. and New York Mets pitcher Hideo Nomo will host youngsters from the United States and Japan at the Ripken-Nomo International Baseball Camp Dec. 25-30 at Rainbow Stadium.
Former Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr. will conduct the camp. For more information, call Ruben Chappins at 973-7247.
MEETING FOR SOCCER REFS: A mandatory organizational meeting for all high school soccer referees will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Aiea High School. Questions? Call Jan Allen at 677-4033.