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Talib accuser in shooting has been arrested twice for sexual assault since the incident

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The man who accused Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib of pistol whipping and firing bullets at him last March has twice been arrested for sexual assault in Texas since that shooting incident.

Shannon Billings, 41, the former live-in boyfriend of Talib’s sister, is sitting in Dallas County jail on a bond of $265,000 after being arrested March 1, 2012 on charges of indecency with a child/sexual contact.

Billings, a registered sex offender with the state of Texas, was also arrested Dec. 10, 2011 on a charge of sexual assault and was jailed on $25,000 bond. However, the grand jury returned a ‘no bill,’ in the case, according to court records.

Talib, 26, was scheduled to stand trial next Monday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a shooting incident in Garland, Texas last March 21. But the trial has been moved to April 16 because the prosecutor’s wife is expected to deliver a baby next week, according to attorney Frank Perez.

If convicted, the second-degree felony carries a sentence of two to 20 years. But Talib also would face almost certain suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for repeatedly violating the league’s conduct policy. Talib was suspended the first game of 2010 for punching a St. Petersburg cab driver in Aug. 2009.

It’s unclear whether Billings’ history as a sex offender or his recent arrests will be admissible in Talib’s trial.

The trial is expected to last 3-4 days, Perez said, meaning the Bucs and Talib will have a resolution to the case before the NFL draft April 26.

Police say that Talib pointed a 9mm handgun at the head of Billings, the live-in boyfriend of his sister, Saran Talib, last March 22. He then attempted to pistol whip Billings before the gun was lost in the struggle, striking a fence and jamming.

That’s when police say Talib’s mother, Okolo, arrived at the scene and fired several shots at Billings with a .380 handgun. At some point, Aqib Talib gained possession of his mother’s gun and fired two shots at Billings, according documents released Friday.

In an interview with detectives four days after the shooting, Okolo, who also is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, may have provided police with the most incriminating evidence against her son.

Okolo Talib said after Aqib took the gun from her, ‘she did hear a shot and eventually admitted it could’ve been Aqib who shot,’ according to the arrest affidavit. She also said after Aqib ‘took the gun from her, he chased after Billings with the gun.’’

Though his attorneys, Aqib Talib has denied charges. In fact, he told police that he had left his 9mm handgun at his sister’s house a month or two earlier. He said he saw Billings with the weapon when he drove up to the brick house in the quiet Dallas suburb.

Billings, who said he obtained the 9mm from Aqib in the struggle , eventually led police to the handgun he had stashed a trashcan behind his house. The .380 handgun used by Okolo also is registered to her son, according to court documents.

However, in interviews with police, Aqib Talib gave several conflicting statements but maintained it was Billings who pointed the gun at him.

Aqib Talib said his mother used another gun to fire several shots at Billings’ feet. When Aqib attempted to take the gun away from her, he said his mother fired ‘two more shots in the air.’’

But investigators recovered at least one shell casing from the .380 in the driveway of a house across the street from Saran Talib, buttressing Billings’ claim that he was chased in a wooded area by Aqib Talib, who fired shots at him.
    
        
 

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 8:12pm]

    

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