Court Hearing for Miami Basketball Player Is Postponed

By Jarred Kappers

A preliminary hearing on a domestic violence charge against former Miami University basketball guard Darrian Ringo was continued until 8 a.m. Aug. 1, Thursday morning in Butler County Area Court.

Ringo, part of the team through this past basketball season, was not at the hearing. A spokesperson for his attorney, Neal Schuett, declined to comment except to say the hearing was continued by Judge Robert Lyons. Ringo remains free on his own recognizance.

Ringo was initially arrested on a domestic violence charge on Friday, March 15 after an incident report was filed earlier that week by the Oxford Police Department (OPD).

The incident occurred around 3:30 am on March 10 when Ringo is said to have pounded on the door of the apartment where the mother of his child lived, and demanded access to their child. According to the police report, Ringo is accused of placing his hands around the woman’s neck and pushing her onto the bed when she made an attempt to stop him.

Ringo spent three nights in Butler County Jail before his initial hearing on Monday, March 18.

Lyons granted Ringo an OR (own-recognizance) bond at the March hearing, permitting him to be released from jail without posting bail, with an agreement that he would show up for all of his future court proceedings. The court then filed a domestic violence temporary protection order preventing Ringo from seeing the mother of his child while his criminal case is active, according to a representative from the clerk’s office.

Ringo’s initial plea/trial setting hearing was then set for 8 am on Thursday, April 11, at the Oxford Courthouse. Judge Lyons granted Ringo and Schuett’s request for a postponement until June 6, after the end of the basketball season.

Ringo had been on track to graduate from Miami in May, but according to the university, he did not. His status with the university at this time is unknown.

As a guard for the RedHawks men’s basketball team, Ringo set a single-season Miami University record with 236 assists during the 2017-18 season and was named Third Team All-MAC. His average of 6.9 assists per game ranked him seventh in NCAA Division I. Ringo also led the team and Mid-American Conference with 91 steals, the second-highest total in Miami history according to the RedHawks official site.