Crime

August 16, 2014

Former Gamecock football player arrested in Charleston assault

A former USC football player is charged with second-degree assault and battery after police say he punched a Bluffton man in the face in Charleston earlier this week, sending the man to the hospital with a fractured skull.

A former USC football player is charged with second-degree assault and battery after police say he punched a Bluffton man in the face in Charleston earlier this week, sending the man to the hospital with a fractured skull.

James Hutton, 27, of Greenville, was arrested Friday night and released Saturday afternoon from the Charleston County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. He is accused of punching 26-year-old Billy Schilling, who was on a date with his wife on Upper King Street in Charleston just after midnight last Sunday.

Hutton was a walk-on fullback for the Gamecocks during the 2006 and 2007 football seasons, according to the South Carolina athletics website.

Schilling was knocked unconscious by Hutton’s alleged blow to the face, hitting his head on the sidewalk, according to a police incident report.

Schilling, a personal trainer, boat captain and liquor distributor, could face months of recovery. The couple has a 7-month-old son.

The attack happened about a block from a similar incident that killed a man earlier this year, in Charleston’s downtown entertainment district.

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