SU basketball player Fab Melo arraigned in city court
June 1 RAW Video: Melo's attorney comments on the court appearance
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Syracuse University basketball player was arraigned in Syracuse City Court on a criminal mischief charge on Wednesday morning.
Fab Melo pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge. His attorney, Gary Sommer, said that Melo appeared in court voluntarily.
"He was asked to come in in regards to this incident and he appeared voluntarily...appeared voluntarily, appeared before the judge today and released on his own recognizance," Sommer said.
He is accused of breaking a turn signal handle inside a female SU student’s 2003 Chevy Impala on Monday during an incident on the 300 block of Slocum Heights Drive in Syracuse.
Although the Syracuse Police do not know the relationship between Melo and his alleged victim, they are treating the investigation as a domestic incident. The student has filed an order of protection against the SU player.
In court, Melo was accompanied by SU men’s basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine and an attorney.
Melo was among the most highly anticipated recruits in SU basketball history, but averaged just two points and two rebounds during his freshman season.
He is scheduled to return to court on June 14.