Attorney: Former Brave waives right to jury trial
by Joshua Sharpe
March 01, 2014 04:00 AM | 2245 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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.

Deputies pulled Nixon over after a driver called 911 reporting that he was weaving. Nixon passed a field sobriety test, but the suspected drug had already been found by then, police said.

A police report of the incident showed Nixon reportedly told deputies the items belonged to his son.

“Otis said he was always finding drugs and drug objects left by his son,” an officer said in the report.

Police said they would later find more suspected crack in the backseat of the patrol car after Nixon was arrested.

Nixon played center field for the Atlanta Braves from 1991 to 1993 and in 1999. He is credited with being instrumental to the Braves taking the 1999 National League pennant.

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