Jacob Salk Taleb, brother of former NFL star Aqib Taleb, charged with murder in the shooting of a youth football coach



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Jacob Salk Taleb, brother of former NFL star Aqib Taleb, was charged with murder by a grand jury in Dallas County on Thursday in His 43-year-old coach was shot dead Court records appear during a youth football game outside of Dallas.

Police said Yaqoub Taleb, 39, pulled out a gun after the two teams’ coaches disagreed over management during the match in Lancaster on August 13. Michael Hickmon, a Lancaster grandfather and father of three, was murdered.

The grand jury found that Talib “unlawfully then and there intentionally and intentionally caused the death of Michael Hickmon” with intent to cause bodily injury to Hickmon and committed an act “manifestly dangerous to human life” by shooting him with a firearm, killing the instructor. ”

CNN has reached out to Talib’s attorney, Clark Birdsall, for comment. Previously, when asked if his client would demand his own defense, Birdsall told CNN, “There will be a defensive problem.”

“Mr. Talib regrets the tragic loss of life but has turned himself into law so that he can tell his side of the story,” the lawyer said on August 15 when Talib surrendered to the police.

A video clip from the scene shows a man apparently arguing with the referees when several people started fighting in another part of the court. Five shots ring, and the camera moves on the ground for about 40 seconds. In the video, it is not possible to determine who fired the shots. Panicked screams could be heard from the camera. When the camera refocuses in the upward direction, subjects are seen leaning toward a person on the ground while the others are walking.

Fellow coach and friend of Hickmon’s, Heath Mays, witnessed the shooting and confirmed the video to CNN.

Police said the first 911 call about the shooting came shortly after 9 p.m. When authorities arrived at the scene, witnesses said the incident began with a feud between the coaches and the crew in charge, according to a Lancaster Police press release.

“During the dispute, the opposing coach’s crew was involved in a physical altercation and one of the individuals involved in the altercation fired a firearm that injured an adult man,” the statement said.

Cicely Hickmon, sister of Michael Hickmon, told CNN in August that her brother was coaching his son’s team when the shooting broke out. Police said he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Cecily Hickmon said he left behind a wife, two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

Our family is sad. “At the moment, we see no end to our grief,” the family said in a statement. “We miss him so much. We always will. We will love him forever.”

Aqib Talib was also at the scene when the shooting took place.

Aqib Tablab’s attorney, Frank Perez, said in August that he was “extremely distraught and devastated by this heavy loss of life.” Taleb is a five-time Pro Bowl defensive linebacker and was part of the Denver Broncos that won the Super Bowl 50 in 2016. He retired after the 2019 season.

Lancaster is a city of about 41,000 people in Dallas County. It is a 25-minute drive south of downtown Dallas.