|Charles Grant still training with Saints|
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|Wednesday, 21 May 2008 07:49|
``Obviously it's something we take very seriously and certainly our condolences go out to the family'' of the victim, Saints coach Sean Payton said. ``What's most important is the justice system taking it's process. It's something the league will handle and certainly the state of Georgia will handle.''
The charges stem from a February altercation at a nightclub.
Grant, who was stabbed in the neck during the fracas, was charged by an Early County grand jury that also charged Laquient Macklin with felony murder and feticide in the shooting death of Korynda Reed, 23. Reed died after being taken to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, after the fight early Feb. 3.
Grant, a starting defensive end who was taken by the Saints in the first round of the 2002 draft, was not available for comment. The Saints planned to open their locker room for player comments later Wednesday afternoon but it was not clear if Grant would be there.
Grant's lawyer, Edward Tolley of Athens, Ga., said Grant never should have been charged in the victim's death.
``Charles is not alleged to have fired the weapon that killed (Reed) so the circumstances of the indictment are unique,'' Tolley said. ``We, of course, dispute that he should have been charged because he did not shoot a gun. He did not cause the death of the person that died and we believe that we can prove that.
``It was only alleged he was in a fight and it's a pretty good leap in logic to charge Charles (in the shooting death), but they did, so we have to deal with it,'' Tolley continued.
Tolley said Grant plans to turn himself in and post bond on Thursday, then return to New Orleans soon after so he can participate in Saints minicamp at the end of this month.
Payton said he also expected Grant to be at minicamp unless legal matters cause a scheduling conflict.
Woodrow Gray was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault in the knife attack on Grant, a former University of Georgia star from nearby Colquitt.
In addition to Grant and Macklin, Marshae Stromer, Anthony Wilson, Jarvis Tinson, Rodreaco Gray and Woodrow Gray were charged with involuntary manslaughter for alleged participation in the fight.
Grant also received misdemeanor fighting charges.