Trial for Aqib Talib pushed back to next month

The trial of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been delayed until next month.

Talib was to stand trial beginning Monday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon in Dallas County, Texas. Now, that trial will not begin until April 16, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times.

The prosecutor in the case needs some time off as his wife is about to deliver a baby. Talib – and the Bucs – should know the outcome of the case before the NFL draft. Talib could still face sanctions from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell if he is not found guilty.

Talib has been accused of pistol whipping Shannon Billings, who at the time was the live-in boyfriend of Talib’s sister. Talib is also accused of firing rounds at Billings as he fled the scene. Talib’s mother Okolo has also been charged. Billings remains in jail currently on unrelated charges of sexual contact with a minor.

If Talib is found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in jail.

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