As civil litigation against Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson crawls forward, two sources have confirmed the Harris County District Attorney’s office has launched a grand jury investigation into the quarterback.
The sources confirmed a report from the Fox 26 affiliate in Houston that subpoenas were in the process of being issued by the adult sex crimes and trafficking division of the Harris County prosecutor’s office. One source described the subpoenas as seeking the testimony of a “small handful” of women who have recently filed sexual misconduct complaints against Watson with the Houston Police Department.
There was no timeline given for the witness testimony or grand jury proceedings.
This development has been anticipated by Watson’s defense attorney, Rusty Hardin, as well as Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents 22 women who have filed civil litigation against Watson since March. For Watson, it potentially represents a new legal challenge on the horizon should the investigation ultimately prompt a grand jury to indict him on one or more felony charges related to the HPD complaints.
Watson will not be subpoenaed for testimony, with the proceedings focused on the complaints of the accusers and whether there is credible evidence to indict Watson in relation to the allegations. The quarterback’s legal team will also not be a party to the investigation or witness testimony, which could also result in a “No Bill” finding, which would indicate that the grand jury did not find sufficient evidence to move forward with a criminal indictment.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Sports – Charles Robinson