Aqib Talib wasn’t tested for gunshot residue

When prosecutors attempt to prove that Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib fired a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, one piece of evidence they won’t have is gunshot residue from Talib’s hands.

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports that investigators did not test Talib for gunshot residue after the March 21 shooting in Texas because Talib fled the scene and was unavailable.

Talib was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon two weeks ago after the shooting. Talib’s mother was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.

Although Talib hasn’t given his own account of what happened on March 21, his attorneys say he “vigorously” denies the charges.

12 responses to “Aqib Talib wasn’t tested for gunshot residue

  1. Fleeing the scene after the fact never looks good, but his attorneys should reword their statement, along the lines of…..He will “expensively” deny these charges…..

  2. Well short of an unfair trial he will be found innocent due to lack of evidence. He said she said isn’t enough to. Convict in the USA. Better hope someone had a camera or he is stupid and confesses if they want to lock him up for this

  3. this is stupid. if a guy was slapping my sister around i’d be pissed too. this is a family matter, nosy ass neighbors should mind their business. the real criminal here is the bf that was slapping the sister around.

  4. mfclock says:
    Apr 12, 2011 10:48 AM
    this is stupid. if a guy was slapping my sister around i’d be pissed too. this is a family matter, nosy ass neighbors should mind their business. the real criminal here is the bf that was slapping the sister around.

    I agree it is a family matter, but it becomes a matter of the law when you pick up a gun and start firing rounds. I agree that if it was my little sister and some guy was slapping her around it would be really bad for him and he would definitely get hurt, but shot? Come on, that is over the top and if my neighbor starting firing rounds at people I would call the cops too.

    What ever happened to taking the gloves off and shedding a little blood and it being over, everyone is so quick to pick up a gun these days. Cowardly IMO.

  5. Weren’t there a few witnesses that stated he grabbed the gun from his mom and fired off a couple of rounds? No need for GSR when multiple witnesses ID a shooter, although it is beneficial. This escalated from a family matter to a public safety issue the second a gun was pulled and fired. The assault with a deadly weapon could be from the attempted pistol whipping and that charge could escalate to attempted murder if the witnesses are deemed credible and the other elements of that charge are present.

  6. They didn’t test his hands for gunshot residue (gee, that was smart), and supposedly his mother intends to say she alone fired the shots? Any witnesses (other than the boyfriend) claiming they saw Aqib fire at the boyfriend?

    Plus I read somewhere that the boyfriend is a registered sex offender, so there’s the issue of what he did to Talib’s sister to provoke the incident.

    The prosecutor may drop charges against Aqib before this goes to trial.

  7. crabboil says: Apr 12, 2011 10:18 AM

    Why is it assault with a deadly weapon and not attempted murder?

    Murder has to be premeditated. Planned. This was just an idiot being hotheaded (yet again).

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