- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

A circuit judge in Miami yesterday denied a request to dismiss felony and misdemeanor charges against Sean Taylor, ending the Washington Redskins safety’s last hope of avoiding trial.

Defense attorney Richard Sharpstein argued that the case should have been dismissed because the state had not informed the defense that most of the witnesses had been arrested in unrelated cases since the incident involving Taylor last June.

However, Circuit Judge Mary Barzee denied a 17-page motion to dismiss charges stemming from an armed confrontation between Taylor and a group of persons in a dispute over all-terrain vehicles he owned.

Taylor pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor charge of battery.

“The allegations of prosecutorial misconduct were baseless,” said assistant state’s attorney Michael Grieco, the lead prosecutor in the case. “I didn’t find out about the arrests until 11 p.m. last night. If the defense wants to come at me, I welcome it. This case has been on the up and up from day one. I don’t have any bias against Mr. Taylor. I’ve been ready to listen to any probationary offer from the defense up until today.”

Edward Carhart, who until last month was Taylor’s sole attorney in the case, said his client will not accept probation because it would mean admitting guilt.

“The motion to dismiss was disappointing, but we’re prepared for trial,” Carhart said. “If Sean accepted probation, he would have to plead to a felony, but he denies any guilt. Sean had some of his property stolen and when he heard on the street where it was, he went to see if that was true.”

The state says Taylor, in attempting to reclaim his all-terrain vehicles, pointed a gun at three persons. Each of those charges of aggravated assault with a firearm carries a minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of 15 years. Taylor also faces a year in prison if he is convicted of battery.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday and is expected to last two to four days.

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