Defense for Antwan Odom claims his education is suffering due to practices of the BHS
Written by WBTA STAFF on January 8, 2019
Defense for Antwan Odom claims his client’s education is suffering due to practices of the Batavia High School.
18 year old Batavia High School student Antwan Odom appeared for arraignment in Genesee County Court this morning.
Defense attorney Frank Housh waived a reading of the indictment and pleaded not guilty on behalf of Odom to a charge of attempted assault issued against his client for allegedly cutting his classmate and neighbor Ray Leach in a fight on August 4th in Batavia.
District Attorney Lawrence Friedman indicated the prosecution was ready for trial and motion hearings were scheduled.
Judge Charles Zambito continued bail at $15,000 cash $30,000 bond without objection.
A temporary order of protection barring Odom contact with Leach was also continued however the defense contested that the order should be altered as he claimed it was being utilized by the Batavia High School to prevent Odom from attending.
Defense Attorney Frank Housh…
Friedman maintained that the schools position was appropriate due to the nature of the alleged crime and noted that the high school has provided Odom with a home tutor and allows him to attend BOCES for classes.
Housh said that what the school has provided is lacking and has led Odom to struggle with his education…
Following the arraignment, Housh made another statement outside the courthouse regarding who he believes is the real victim in this case…
Before the matter was adjourned Judge Zambito informed Housh that he would need to make written request for a hearing regarding the school’s decision to keep Odom out of the high School campus. Zambito also reminded him that the burden is on his client to ensure there is no violation of the protection order.