Secondary-felony charges dismissed against Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Aqib Talib

6/20/12 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

For now, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has settled his legal issue.  The 26-year-old was scheduled to appear in front of the court on 26, June for trial on second-degree felony charges, stemming from a March 21, 2011 incident. Aqib Talib was accused of publically whipping a pistol and firing shots at Shannon Billings in Garland, Texas.
Aqib Talib has been postponing the trail due to his NFL commitments and the State has been having its own personal issues that have been hindering the progress of the trial which was extended into the summers. However, it was the petitioner Shannon Billings’ lack of credibility which prompted the state to dismiss the trail.
"We felt strongly the whole time that this would be resolved in Aqib's favor,'' said Aqib Talib’s attorney Frank Perez."He's very excited he can resume his career and have a fresh start with no problems.''
This could have been Talib Aqib’s second straight season in which legal trouble shad rooted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player. Talib Aqib had a prior run-in with the law due to an dispute with a cab driver in St. Petersburg. Although the trial was dropped, Talib Aqib was still punished by the league with a suspension for 2010 season opener.
If prosecuted, Aqib Talib could have faced a 2 to a maximum 20 years in prison, which would have certainly ruined NFL career. Arrests warrants had been issued after Aqib Talib and his mother intervened in a dispute between the cornerback’s sister and her former boyfriend Shannon Billings. Garland police’s arrest reports show that at the time of the arrest, Aqib Talib attempted to pistol-whip Shannon Billings, which ensued a struggle in which the defendant lost the gun to the petitioner.  Aqib Talib’s mother arrived just in the nick of time and discharged another gun several times until the Tampa Bay Buccaneers player got hold of it and fired two shots at Shannon Billings.
The defense banked on Shannon Billings’ repeat sex offender status (who has also recently been incarcerated), doubted the truthfulness of his oath. The state determined it would be tto great an obstacle in the trail and dismissed the case.
"I guess the district attorney, in preparing for trial, had a chance to evaluate the case,'' said Frank Perez. “The bottom line is that the complainant is sitting in jail as a repeat child molester and has prior cases of the same nature.''
Shannon Billings is currently facing a term at the Dallas County jail on a bond of $265,000 for March 1, 2012 sexual offense against a minor.  He has prior record for a sexual assault case on December 10, 2011 and was sentenced on a $25,000 bond.
Frank Perez said that Aqib Talib’s, “sole focus is on contributing to a successful 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ now that he has been cleared. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been remodeling their secondary this offseason with by signing free agent cornerback Eric Wright and their first-round pick Mark Barron. However, Aqib Talib may still face penalty from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, for violation and CBS’s personal conduct policy.
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