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Former Lions WR Young Pulls Silent Treatment In Court

Former Lions receiver Titus Young has been jailed since May 11. He learned he would be charged with three new counts, bringing his total to 11, David Leon Moore of USA Today reports.

The three new counts were mentioned Friday at a pretrial hearing in Orange County Superior Court, where Young made an appearance marked by his silence and stoicism. The exact nature of the counts was not available immediately, because they had not been filed yet.

But Young’s attorney, Altus W. Hudson II, said they relate to an alleged attempted burglary the night of May 11. Young already faces charges of breaking into a house that night.

Of the eight previous charges, three are felonies. He also faces possible prosecution for a DUI arrest in nearby Riverside County.

Young, released by the Lions after last season, was arrested three times in southern California in a week, culminating in his jailing May 11.

Hudson requested and was granted by the judge the right to have a mental health professional come to the Orange County jail to evaluate Young. That has not been scheduled.

Young’s May 28 preliminary hearing was called off. He now faces another pretrial hearing June 4 and a preliminary hearing June 6.

Young, who played two seasons in the NFL, would seem to have the financial ability to raise bail.

“That’s between Titus and his family,” Hudson said.

And they think it’s best that he stay in jail right now?

“Uh, huh,” the attorney said.

In court Friday, Young, appearing inside a protective cage while wearing inmate orange, was addressed by the judge.

“Good morning, sir.”

No reply.

“Can you hear me?”

No reply.

“Are you Titus Demetrius Young?”

No reply.

The judge immediately called the attorneys into a sidebar, which became rather lengthy. During the next 12 minutes, Young stood at attention, his head tilted back, his eyes close most of the time.

At one point during the long private discussion between the judge and the attorneys, Young’s father, Richard Young, called out to him.

No reply.

Hudson later said that it is Young’s right to remain silent and that is his choice.

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