Anxiously wanting to find out a resolution on the fate of cornerback Aqib Talib's felony trial originally scheduled to begin today, the Buccaneers will now have to wait until June 25 for the outcome, as the defense made a motion to have the start date pushed back.
Troubled Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib’s trial has been pushed back once again, this time to June 25, according to Talib’s attorney Frank Perez.
“These are false allegations against Aqib (Talib),” Perez told PewterReport.com. “We made the request to move the trial to make sure we would be able to do something.”
Perez would not elaborate on the circumstances but was looking forward to representing Talib.
“We have no desire to reach a plea agreement with the state regarding this case,” Perez said. “We look forward to getting this behind us and behind Aqib before the (NFL) season starts.”
Originally scheduled to begin today, the prosecution motioned that the date be changed to April 16 due to a member of the prosecutions team’s wife scheduled to be in labor this week.
The veteran cornerback was arrested in March 2011 and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after allegedly firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. The charge is a second-degree felony, which can carry a prison sentence of five to 20 years.
Talib has been no stranger to trouble since his arrival since entering the NFL. In July 2008, Talib was involved in a fight with teammate Cory Boyd at the NFL's Rookie Symposium and later that year, during an altercation with an offensive lineman, Talib inadvertently struck teammate Torrie Cox in the face with his helmet.
Then in August 2009, Talib was arrested after an incident involving a cab driver while riding from a St. Petersburg club to a Tampa hotel. The driver claimed Talib punched him as the cab driver was driving. Talib pleaded not guilty, and the case was dismissed after he entered a pretrial diversion program and took anger management classes.
Talib was suspended one game without pay by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
In Indianapolis three weeks ago new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano hinted that Talib would get a clean state. The Buccaneers haven’t publically commented on Talib’s situation since then but the general thought the team were hoping the situation would be resolved before the April 27 draft.
The state’s key witness, Shannon Billings, a registered sex offender in Texas, is currently in jail for felony sexual assault on a child.
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