Report: Eugene Lockhart off to jail

Updated: March 23, 2011, 3:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DALLAS -- Former Dallas Cowboys player Eugene Lockhart Jr. was taken from court in handcuffs on Wednesday after violating terms of his release from jail pending a trial for mortgage fraud, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Lockhart was charged and released in September 2009 as being part of a $20 million mortgage fraud scam.

In July he was detained for failing a court-ordered drug test. He was ordered to report any further arrests, but he did not tell the court about an October arrest.

According to the Morning News, he and a woman, Cristy Dorothy, were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication after they were found in the back of his Cadillac Escalade in front of an Addison, Texas, office building at 3 a.m. CT on Oct. 10.

"He said he was trying to minister to her," an officer testified, according to the Morning News.

Dorothy testified Tuesday that she lied at the time of the arrest by saying that she had just met Lockhart. She said that Lockhart also asked her to say she didn't know him if she were contacted by the FBI relating to his pending trial.

She and Lockhart both failed to tell federal authorities about the October arrest when contacted. When the FBI found out in November, it asked U.S. Magistrate Jeff Kaplan to take Lockhart into custody.

Kaplan ruled on Wednesday that Lockhart should be jailed.

Lockhart's attorney, Jay Ethington, had questioned whether his client was drunk during the October incident and whether he had encouraged the woman to lie.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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