A Greenville man accused of sucker punching a Bluffton man last week turned himself in to Charleston police Friday night.
James Hutton, 27, was charged with second-degree assault and battery, according to Charles Francis, a spokesman for the Charleston Police Department. He is accused of punching Billy Schilling, 26, in the face on Upper King Street in Charleston just after midnight on August 10, knocking the man unconscious and fracturing his skull, according to a report on the incident.
Schilling was hit moments after he chided the suspect for making a crude remark to his wife, 25-year-old Ashley Kirkpatrick Schilling, according to Charleston Post & Courier reports. Police say Schilling's head struck the sidewalk after he was hit.
Witnesses told officers the suspect had the stocky build of a linebacker and quickly left the area after the incident.
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The South Carolina athletics website says Hutton was a walk-on fullback for the University of South Carolina football team in 2006 and 2007.
Hutton remained in a Charleston jail Saturday with bond set at $20,000.
Schilling continues his recovery from home following his release the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston a few days ago, according to police.
The personal trainer, boat captain and liquor distributor could face months of rehabilitation, according to the Post & Courier.