- The Washington Times - Friday, September 9, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The continuance of Sean Taylor’s trial on a felony assault charge until the offseason was supposed to be a pro forma matter. Instead, the second-year safety faces a trial in Miami on Oct.24, the day after the Washington Redskins play their sixth game of the season.

State’s Attorney Michael Grieco was unavailable for yesterday’s hearing before Judge Mary Barzee, and Grieco’s assistant apparently didn’t feel comfortable agreeing to a continuance until February, which Taylor preferred. She said Grieco wants Taylor on hand to accept or reject a plea bargain offer. Given Florida’s mandatory three-year minimum sentence for a felony assault conviction, Taylor’s attorney, Edward Carhart said his client would decline the offer.

Barzee then asked Carhart how much time he would need to be ready for trial. When Carhart said a month, Barzee moved the trial back. It’s still likely the trial will be continued until the offseason because Grieco has said he doesn’t object.

However, nothing is sure in a case in which Taylor claims to be the victim but is facing charges along with associate Charles Caughman, whose trial is set for Oct.3. Meanwhile, the people the safety accuses of starting the June1 incident by stealing his all-terrain vehicles are the state’s chief witnesses.

— David Elfin


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