Talib attorney has good meeting with district attorney, doesn't set case for trial
The attorney for indicted Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib decided not set the case for trial after meeting with the Dallas County district attorney Friday.
Talib, 25, and his mother Okolo, 58, were indicted by a grand jury last week for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a March 21 shooting in Garland, Texas. Frank Perez, Talib's attorney, had planned to attempt to set the case for a quick trial but apparently was encouraged by the meeting with prosecutors Friday. Perez said he will have further discussions during the announcement setting for the case June 16.
"The meeting with the DA went well,'' Perez said in a text to the Times. "We agreed to discuss it further on the announcement setting 6-16. I didn't set it for trial.''
Police say Talib used a Springfield 9mm to pistol whip Shannon Billings, the live-in boyfriend of his sister, Saran Talib, during a domestic dispute. After his mother arrived on the scene and fired several shots at Billings with a .38 Ruger, Talib gained possession of that handgun and fired several shots at Billings, according to the arrest warrant.
Through his attorneys, Talib has denied the charges. Talib was suspended one game last season for assaulting a St.Petersburg cab driver in 2009 and could face further sanctions from the league. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said players will be held to the league's code of conduct during the work stoppage.
If Perez is unable to reach a favorable plea agreement, he will seek to set a quick trial for Talib in hopes of preventing further damage to his career.