Bengals DT Shirley in court today
Jason Shirley, the Bengals' fifth-round round draft pick from Fresno State, will be in Fresno County Superior Court today for a jury trial, stemming from a series of misdemeanor charges last fall, a court clerk said this morning.
Attempts by Shirley's lawyer to have the case dismissed Thursday were not successful. The lawyer argued that the district attorney did not legally obtain Shirley's medical records and are using them, The Fresno Bee reported.
The defensive tackle was not at the team's offseason practice Wednesday.
He was charged for driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, hit-and-run driving and driving with a suspended license and expired registration for two separate incidents last fall.
UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.
Shirley is expected to be in Fresno County Superior Court all of next week, when he will miss three more Bengals’ offseason practices, for a jury trial that stems from a series of misdemeanor charges last fall. Jury selection is expected Tuesday, followed by opening arguments Wednesday and possible closing arguments Friday, according to The Fresno Bee.