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D.J. Williams back on trial for DUI charge

D.J. Williams AP

Already facing a six-game suspension for violation of the league’s steroids policy, linebacker D.J. Williams is dealing with a separate off-field issue on Wednesday.

Per the Associated Press, he’s back in court on DUI charges that resulted in a mistrial earlier this year after the judge inadvertently failed to give Broncos unofficial consigliere Harvey Steinberg the opportunity to strike three potential jurors from the panel.  Steinberg got only two so-called peremptory strikes.

The incident occurred in Nocember 2010, but the trial has been delayed multiple times.

A jury has been seated and the testimony was expected to be completed on Wednesday.  It’s unclear whether the case would go to the jury for deliberations on Wednesday or Thursday.

Williams’ absence from camp for the trial isn’t a major issue, given the looming suspension.  Listed as a starter, he’s been practicing with the backups, and he was held out of contact drills until Monday.

He’s due to rejoin the team on October 28, regardless of the outcome of the DUI case.  Even if Williams is convicted, a first-time DUI ordinarily results in a fine in the amount of two game checks.

UPDATE 5:23 p.m. ET:  And, fittingly, another mistrial has been requested, according to Ivan Moreno of the AP.  The request was made after a police officer said on the witness stand that they don’t take sober people to detox.

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5 Responses to “D.J. Williams back on trial for DUI charge”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 15, 2012 5:53 PM

    So is that an issue because he was only “allegedly” not-sober as of now, or are snide retorts cause for a mistrial? I’m confused

  2. mataug says: Aug 15, 2012 5:59 PM

    the defense will be in shambles by the time the season kicks off, nothing has changed for Peyton :)

  3. beeroncos says: Aug 15, 2012 7:08 PM

    Denver will not miss DJ this season. Keep in mind that even though he would normally post 100+ tackles, it was largely due to having a straight-up awful line for most of his career.

  4. champsb3233 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:31 PM

    Rare loss for Harvey Steinberg. Guilty of DWAI and driving without headlights on.

  5. rushbacker says: Aug 15, 2012 7:56 PM

    Bah. DJ has worked hard and put up with a lot over the years (constantly changing positions, constant coordinator changes, awful D-lines), and for the most part has kept quiet and showed up every day ready to work. I’ve always appreciated that about him, and have been willing to forgive his frequent mental lapses given the constant state of flux on that side of the ball.

    All this off-field crap is too much, though. This thing is Manning’s show now, and it’s time to get serious or get gone. DJ has become a distracting sideshow, and I won’t be sorry if they get rid of him at some point. Our LB depth isn’t great, but I’m confident that Fox and Del Taco can get adequate results from someone on the current roster for a year– and if no one steps up to their satisfaction, WILL is one of the easier positions to replace.

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