Attorney says former Braves’ star Nixon will accept responsibility in crack cocaine case
by Joshua Sharpe
March 01, 2014 04:00 AM | 3058 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this undated photo provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, former Atlanta Braves center fielder Otis Nixon is shown. Nixon was arrested in Canton, Ga., and charged with possession of cocaine and a drug-related object Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
In this undated photo provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, former Atlanta Braves center fielder Otis Nixon is shown. Nixon was arrested in Canton, Ga., and charged with possession of cocaine and a drug-related object Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
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CANTON — Famed former Atlanta Braves player Otis Nixon plans to accept “responsibility” in his cocaine possession case in Cherokee County, his attorney said Friday.

Nixon’s attorney, Archie L. Speights, said the former center-fielder has waived his right to jury trial in the case from May 2013 and is hoping to find a resolution soon.

“We have ongoing conversations with the District Attorney’s office,” Speights said. “We expect to resolve this case in the next month or so.”

Speights did not elaborate on exactly what his client plans to admit to.

The 55-year-old was arrested May 4 last year by Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies after a traffic stop on Interstate 575, where police said he had suspected crack cocaine and a pipe with him. He was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a drug-related object.

Although Nixon has waived his right to a jury trial, he could still be tried by a judge, but Speights said Nixon is hoping to avoid that.

The former Brave, who was known for his speed and his role in the team’s success in the early 1990s, later pleaded not guilty to the charges from the incident, after police say he had more than a few rocks of suspected crack cocaine with him.

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March 01, 2014
When your guilty as heck, you might as well "accept responsibility."
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