The aggravated assault charges against Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib have been dismissed, according to Frank Perez, Talib's attorney. Talib is expected to play in all 16 games in the 2012 season, which is a contract year for the talented defensive back.
Just days before Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib was scheduled to go on trial before a Texas grand jury for charges of assault with a deadly weapon on June 25, Talib's attorney, Frank Perez, told PewterReport.com that the case has been dismissed and that all charges have been dropped.
"Obviously we are very, very happy," Perez said. "I think the assistant district attorney handling the case reviewed all the evidence and as he was getting ready for trial he just decided not to go forward and to let the case go. We're very, very happy about that."
Talib was accused of pistol-whipping and shooting at Shannon Billings, who was Talib's sister's boyfriend. Billings is currently in jail for sexual assault charges and he is a multiple offender. According to Perez, that was a damaging blow to the prosecution's case.
"The witness in this case has a history and is currently in jail for the charges he has been arrested on before," Perez said. "He just doesn't have any credibility and I think that is the biggest factor. There are some other issues involved that I am not going to comment on, but we were pretty confident from the beginning when we got on this case that the outcome would be positive."
If convicted, Talib could have been sentenced up to 20 years in prison. Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and the organization have stood by Talib throughout this incident and have remained positive that he could resume his playing career without incident.
"He's very, very happy," Perez said of Talib's reaction. "He's very glad to have this behind him and off his shoulders. He wants to play football and doesn't want to have to worry about anything other than playing football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his family and his friends. He's very excited."
Talib, who has 16 career interceptions, is entering a contract year with the Buccaneers. Talib was Tampa Bay's first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Billings, 41, is jailed in Dallas County on a bond of $265,000 after a March 1 arrest on charges for indecency with a child/sexual contact. He was previously arrested on December 10, 2011 on sexual assault charges and is a registered sex offender in the state of Texas.
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