Dallas Cowboys teammates Charles Haley and Leon Lett must ans
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) _ Dallas Cowboys teammates Charles Haley and Leon Lett must answer a grand jury’s questions into an alleged sexual assault involving offensive tackle Erik Williams, a judge has ruled.
State District Judge Verla Sue Holland ruled Monday that the list of questions is valid and must be answered.
Haley and Lett are expected to appear before the Collin County grand jury that will decide whether to indict Williams. The panel convened today.
Last week, the pair declined to testify, invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. They asked for and received copies of questions they would be asked.
Some of the questions included how often they had seen Williams with the girl, whether they had ever seen them in a sexual situation, and what the girl had told them about herself and her life.
``We want the questions to be limited to certain items, and they’ve now been limited to that, so Mr. Lett will have no problem answering them,″ said Lett’s attorney, Jay Rosenberg.
Assistant district attorney Linda Britton said that because the order is limited to the specific list of questions, another hearing might be needed if the grand jury chose to probe further.
A 17-year-old topless dancer accused Williams of sexually assaulting her, but has reached a settlement and signed an affidavit asking authorities not to proceed with the criminal case, her attorney, Charles Caperton, has said.
Collin County district attorney Tom O’Connell said that arrangement is not slowing his efforts to seek a grand jury indictment of Williams and college friend Roderick Carson of Madison, Wis.
The alleged sexual assault took place at Williams’ home on April 13. They claim the girl willingly had sex with them.