State dismisses case against Aqib Talib

Aqib Talib received terrific news today when prosecutors in Dallas County, Texas, elected to dismiss a case against him.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the case has been dismissed.

That means Talib, barring discipline from the NFL for the case, will be ready to go for the Bucs at the start of the season. The state’s top witness in the case is currently incarcerated in Dallas County. Shannon Billings, who at the time of the incident was the boyfriend of Talib’s sister, is a repeat sex offender, per Stroud.

Talib was accused of firing a gun at Billings during a domestic dispute. His mother was also charged in the case. The Bucs stood by Talib throughout the ordeal and now he has been exonerated.

“The chief complaintant is a repeat child molester and has prior cases of the same nature,” Perez told Stroud. “We felt strongly the case would be resolved favorably.”

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