Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Case of Bucs' Talib goes before Texas grand jury
A Texas grand jury today heard the case against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, accused of firing shots at his sister's boyfriend in March. The Dallas County grand jury is expected to decide Friday whether to indict the football star, said Jamille Bradfield, a Dallas County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman. On March 30, Talib turned himself in to authorities in Garland, Texas, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He posted $25,000 bail and was released two hours later. Talib, 25, has retained Dallas defense attorney Frank Perez and Pittsburgh sports attorney Jay Reisinger, who has represented baseball stars Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte and Sammy Sosa."On March 30, 2011, Aqib Talib voluntarily reported to law enforcement authorities in Dallas County, Texas, to address certain charges that have been lodged against him," the attorneys said in a statement. "Aqib is confident that once all of the facts are known, this matter will be resolved favorably and in an expeditious fashion." Reisinger would not comment today. Talib was accused of firing shots at his sister's boyfriend March 21. Talib's mother, Okolo Talib, 58, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the incident. Police said they were called to a disturbance at the home of Saran Talib, 42, and her boyfriend, Shannon Billings, 40. According to arrest warrants, Aqib Talib pointed a 9 mm handgun at Billings and swung it at him. The gun slipped out of his hand and struck a fence. Billings picked up the gun, which had jammed and was inoperable. Aqib Talib then tried to fight Billings, authorities said. Okolo Talib then arrived at the home, jumped out of her vehicle holding a handgun and shot at Billings, authorities said. Aqib Talib got the gun from his mother and shot several times at Billings but missed, investigators said. Garland police arrived and found Billings outside. Billings was listed as a suspect in a disturbance at the home earlier that day and was taken into custody on charges of assault and interference with an emergency phone call. In that earlier incident, Billings intentionally and recklessly scratched Saran Talib's head with his hand and fingernails, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Tampa Tribune. Billings took a phone from Saran Talib's hand and broke the phone when she tried calling Garland 911 emergency services, the affidavit states. If convicted, Talib could face up to 20 years in prison.