May 20th 2008 10:13PM by Tom Mantzouranis (author feed)
Filed under: Saints, NFC South, New Orleans, NFL Police BlotterCharles Grant was involved in an altercation that ended with a knife in his neck and a pregnant mother shot to death in February. Though Grant’s role in the incident was never defined, investigators practically absolved Grant of any and all blame in the woman’s murder. That was three months ago and nothing has been heard of it since. Seemed like that would be that.
But it’s not. Early County, GA has charged Grant with involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor fighting charges. In Georgia, involuntary manslaughter when paired with a misdemeanor automatically becomes a felony, which faces a one- to 10-year prison sentence.
It’s still unknown exactly what Grant is being charged for, but the fact that he avoided a felony murder and feticide charge, unlike Laquient Macklin, is significant. It seems like they’re charging Grant of simply being in a fight that eventually resulted in a murder. That may seem trivial, but the context of the charge certainly matters. Though I’m no expert and still await the eventual avalanche of details, I’d be surprised if Grant gets any jail time.
Whether the league is as lenient, and how a potential trial would interfere with his season, however, remain to be seen.