Lockhart receives stern warning, allowed to remain free

Eugene Lockhart didn’t have to spend much time in incarceration on Friday, but the former linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys got a stern lecture from a judge with his trial on mortgage fraud charges looming ahead in October.

Lockhart, who according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, tested positive for cocaine in May, was arrested after he failed to show up for several court-appointed drug tests. There was a possibility he would have to remain in custody until his trial, but Judge Renee Harris Toliver released him even though prosecutor David Jarvis argued Lockhart was “gaming the system” but showing up late for drug tests to allow his system to clear.

Lockhart’s attorney said his client was too busy for the drug tests and kept a busy schedule with football camps, charity work and the time he is spending attending seminary school. Toliver ordered Lockhart to be evaluated for a drug problem and also ordered him to seek permission if he want to leave Collin County, Texas. Lockhart will probably want to show up – on time – the next time he has a drug test.

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