Grand jury indicts Hebert

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

A grand jury in Texas yesterday indicted Renegades linebacker Kyries Hebert on felony charges of aggravated assault, using a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

That means prosecutors can proceed with a case against the 25-year-old, who could face trial after being accused of assaulting his wife last month.

The allegations include Hebert holding his wife's head under water while threatening to kill her at their home in Brazoria County, near Houston, during the evening of Jan. 11.

Persons accused of felony crimes in Texas receive grand jury hearings before prosecutors can proceed with a case.

From this point, Hebert could go to trial, enter a plea bargain, plead guilty, or the charges could be dropped for various reasons, including if Hebert's wife made such a request.

The penalty range for a Class 2 aggravated assault in Texas is 2-20 years in jail, and a fine of up to $10,000 US. The charge of evading arrest carries a penalty from 100 days to a maximum of two years.

DISPUTE OVER BILL

According to a police report of the incident, Kristina Hebert, told an officer the dispute began over a cellphone bill.

She also told the police she feared for her life and thought she would drown while Hebert held her head under water in a bathtub.

Kristina Hebert alleged her head was smashed on a light switch on a wall and complained of blurred vision in her right eye following the attack.

The police report described bruises on her body and a bump in the middle of her forehead.

Hebert was arrested near his home late during the night of Jan. 11 and was released during the morning of Jan. 13 after posting $55,000 in bail.

Most criminal cases in Texas are settled before a trial, but the process usually takes several months.

In this case, Brazoria County's district attorney said Hebert would likely be able to keep playing football during the process.

"Generally, everything is fine if the person is keeping in touch with the bondsman and making the appearances in court," said Jeri Yenne.


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