Ohio University student accused of urinating on dorm room door pleads not guilty

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University student accused of urinating on the door of a dorm room has pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal mischief.

Brady Linkel, 19, was scheduled for an arraignment Thursday in Athens County Municipal Court. His attorney, Susan Gwinn, filed the not guilty plea Tuesday, so there will be no arraignment, she said.

Linkel’s next court appearance will be for a pretrial hearing, for which a date has not yet been set, Gwinn said Tuesday afternoon.

According to Ohio University police, on March 21 Linkel urinated on the door of Christopher Brown, a resident adviser in James Hall. Brown tweeted a photo of his floor near the doorway covered in urine-soaked paper towels.

Brown said in his tweet that he is the only Black resident adviser on that floor of the residence hall.

OUPD said in an update of its investigation into recent incidents directed at Black students that a motive could not be established in this case and there was no indication that Brown was specifically targeted.

Brown, however, told WOUB he believes he was targeted because he is Black.

Linkel is a member of the university’s baseball team.