Florida judge sets Sept. 7 deadline for Robbins

Updated: August 24, 2005, 1:00 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins has until Sept. 7 to return to Florida from Texas for a court hearing on attempted murder charges.

Robbins, who was shot during a brawl with Miami Beach police officers in January, has been receiving treatment for bipolar disorder in a Houston psychiatric hospital following an Aug. 13 arrest for marijuana possession.

His attorney, Edward O'Donnell, told Circuit Judge Kevin Emas that he spoke with Robbins' doctors Wednesday morning and they told him it will be "a few days" before they can say when the former Pro Bowl center will be able to leave the Houston hospital. Robbins has been hospitalized since Aug. 17, O'Donnell said.

Emas said he would give Robbins time to recover and set a Sept. 7 date for Robbins to appear before him.

Emas on Tuesday decided to defer a decision whether to revoke Robbins' bond after O'Donnell said his client "is in a lockdown situation" and cannot travel immediately.

"If for whatever reason he can't be here, I need to have something from his doctors," the judge said Wednesday.

In January, Robbins was shot twice in the chest after allegedly fighting with Miami police who were making a burglary call. Robbins, found hiding in a women's restroom, was accused of beating one police officer to the floor, slamming another into a wall and ramming a third officer's head into a wall.

Robbins' well chronicled troubles began when he disappeared before the Super Bowl in San Diego in early 2003, then showed up the night before the game in an incoherent state and was deactivated for the game.

After spending a month in an alcohol rehabilitation center, Robbins lost weight and regained his spot in the Raiders' starting lineup the following year.

But the Raiders released him last summer after he tested positive for steroids. Before the Miami Beach fight, he was arrested for allegedly hitting a security guard in San Francisco.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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