Talib’s Motion Reveals Some Legal StrategyJune 11th, 2012
Thursday was “Discovery” day in the case of Texas vs. Aqib Talib, and it seems Talib’s legal team wants a lot more information from the State in regards to Shannon Billings, the registered sex criminal who allegedly was harrassing Talib’s sister on the day Talib was accused of shooting at Billings while he fled from Talib’s sisters house.
If you remember the story from Billings to the Garland police, Billings said he managed to be running for his life at dusk fleeing Talib’s mother shooting at him but was able to glance over his shoulder in the frenetic scene and see Talib with a gun and know Aqib Talib, not his mother, was shooting at him.
Per a Motion For Evidence Favorable To The Defendant filed by Talib’s legal team, they are seeking the following from the State:
1) The District Attorney file in the 1997 child sex assault case against Shannon Billings “for the development of impeachment evidence, including but not limited to witnesses to whom Billings has been untruthful. This would include investigating officers and the complainants in those cases.” Talib’s team states it wants data necessary to contact the complainants, “who will most certainly testify that Mr. Billings is not law abiding.”
2) The District Attorney file in a child sex assault case filed against Billings on 11/29/11, “which is subsequent” to Talib’s arrest.
3) The District Attorney file in a currently pending child sex assault case against Billings.
4) The District Attorney file, “including pictures, of the Assault Family Violence case involving Saran Talib. Defendant would also inspect the file for evidence of any sort of deal cut for Mr. Billings.”
It’s no surprise that Team Talib will come after the credibility of the prosecution’s star witness, Billings. How could they not?
Talib’s trial remains on the Dallas County docket for June 25.