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Bucs' Talib seeks to resolve misdemeanor battery charge

LARGO — A defense attorney for Aqib Talib said he believes a misdemeanor battery charge against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback can be resolved without a trial.

"I think there's a strong possibility there's going to be a resolution," attorney Wes Trombley said in a pretrial hearing Monday morning in Pinellas County Court. Talib did not attend.

Talib was arrested Aug. 19. The Florida Highway Patrol said he struck cab driver David Duggan in the neck and ear with a closed fist while riding from a St. Petersburg club to a Tampa hotel.

Judge Robert G. Dittmer asked if Trombley and prosecutors were discussing a pretrial intervention — an arrangement in which a defendant pleads guilty, then spends a year on probation without getting into more trouble, and ultimately has charges dropped.

Trombley told the judge "we're hopeful for something else," but declined to say after the hearing what that might be. He did say he hopes the matter can be resolved before the next pretrial hearing, which is set for Jan. 14.

Bucs' Talib seeks to resolve misdemeanor battery charge 12/14/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 12:11pm]
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