Charges include maintaining gambling house


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The prosecution rested its case against
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller on Friday after a marathon
session in which it tried to show the NFL player violated Florida's
gambling laws.

Judge Russell Cole Jr. rejected a defense bid to dismiss the
case and asked the jury to return Saturday.

Defense attorney Tim Jansen conceded in his bid that Fuller was
in his home April 16 with a holstered pistol while card games took
place, but said the athlete was not seen playing by an undercover
investigator who spent about 40 minutes in the home before a raid.

A key state witness, Tracy Fair, testified Friday she was there
the night of the April 20 raid, and said she saw Fuller play a game
known as "Georgia skins."

Another state witness, special agent Tonja Bryant-Smith of the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement, testified that on the night
of the raid Fuller claimed to have been playing video games with
his friends.

"He said he had $4 million in the bank and we were going to
have a fight with his lawyer," she told the jury of five men and a

Earlier Friday, state attorney Matt Smith held off a defense
challenge and was allowed to show a videotape of the raid that
included a profane response to police when they rammed through
Fuller's front door to serve warrants on suspicion of illegal

Jansen argued that the language might be prejudicial against his
client, but the judge ruled it admissible.

Fuller has been charged with maintaining a gambling house, a
felony, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and a
misdemeanor gambling charge. If convicted, he could face up to five
years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Several other defendants also face felony gambling charges from
the raid.

A 10-year NFL veteran, Fuller spends his offseasons in
Tallahassee, where he starred in high school and college. He has
also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns.

Friday's courtroom audience included former Florida State stars
Deion Sanders, William Floyd and Derrick Brooks, who flew in to
support Fuller. Floyd and Brooks played with him at Florida State,
and Sanders is a Ravens teammate .