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Grand jury expected to return indictment of Talib for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

A Dallas County grand jury is expected to return an indictment of Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Texas law enforcement authorities.

However, the indictment is not expected to officially be reported until Friday. Earlier this week, an examining trial determined there was enough evidence in the shooting case involving Talib to be heard by the the grand jury Wednesday.

"Official results don't come out until tomorrow,'' Frank Perez, Talib's Dallas-based attorney said an a text to the Times Thursday.

Talib is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony which carries a punishment of 2-20 years in prison, for his role in a March 21 shooting in Garland, Texas.

Police say Talib attempted to pistol whip and later fired gunshots at his sister’s boyfriend, Shannon Billings. Nobody was injured. Talib’s mother, Okolo, also faces similar charges.

An indictment could mean futher sanctions by the NFL against Talib, who was suspended one game last season for assaulting a St. Petersburg cab driver in 2009.

No action can be taken by the league against its players during the lockout, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said players will be held to the code of conduct during the labor dispute and disciplinary action will be taken once there is a new collective bargaining agreement.


[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:57am]


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