Jermain Taylor has appeared in court via video link on Wednesday and can be released on bail for $25,000.
Little Rock-born Taylor was arrested for allegedly shooting his cousin during an altercation on Friday and faces a lenghy prison sentence if convicted. The 36 year-old, whose cousin is said to be in serious condition following the incident, is due to fight Sam Soliman for the IBF middleweight title on October 8, but as it stands the fight has not been called off.
‘Bad Intentions’ was arrested on Tuesday by police and charged with first degree domestic battery and aggravated assault for shooting at two men who turned up at his Maumelle home univited, hitting one of them, a relative of his, at least twice.
Taylor, who once reigned all-mighty over the 160lb division after knocking Bernard Hopkins off his long standing perch in 2005, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and will hope to resume his career in the immediate future.
No word has yet come from Taylor’s camp, Soliman’s team or the IBF on the scheduled contest as the Arkansas veteran aims to hold a version of world title for the first time in seven years at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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