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Warrants issued for Aqib Talib, mother



Texas police have obtained warrants for the arrest of Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib and his mother, Okolo, in connection with a March 21 shooting in Garland, Tex.

Talib will be arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison.

Talib's mother was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and surrendered to Garland, Tex., police Tuesday. At the time of Okolo's booking, an additional charge of Felon in Possession of Firearm was added based on a previous conviction.

Bond for Okolo was set at $25,000 for the assault charge and $5,000 for the possession charge.

Talib is aware of the warrant for his arrest and expected to turn himself in later this week,’’ said Garland Police spokesman Joe Harn.

Bond is set at $25,000, Harn said.

The arrest of Talib and his mother stems from their role in a domestic disturbance on March 21 involving his sister, Saran, and her boyfriend, Shannon Billings.

Police arrived at the second disturbance of the day just before 7:30 p.m. when it was reported people were outside fighting and gun shots had been heard. Police said they found Billings, 40,  alone outside his residence.

Shannon was listed as a suspect in a disturbance at that address earlier in the day.

Information gathered at the scene by detectives and follow-up investigations led police to conclude Talib physically assaulted and did fire shots at Billings, who was not injured. Police also believe Okolo Talib fired shots at Billings.

Harn estimated that it would take between four and six weeks for a grand jury to hear the state's case against Talib.

"We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib,'' Bucs GM Mark Dominik said in a statement. "Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action."

NFL teams are prohibited from making any trades or transactions during the lockout of players by team owners. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that he intends to enforce the league's personal conduct policy.

-- RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:01pm]


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