Judge admits videotape in Fuller trial

OWINGS MILLS -- A judge ruled that prosecutors can admit a videotape of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller in his felony gambling and firearms trial that includes him cursing when police raided his home last spring.

While Fuller's attorney, Timothy Jansen, argued that the language might be prejudicial to his client, Judge Russell Cole Jr. admitted the evidence after reviewing the tape with the jury out of the room. No apparent damaging evidence was displayed on the tape, though.

"The only thing it showed me was that Mr. Fuller owned more pairs of shoes than my wife does," Cole said, according to the Associated Press. Fuller has been charged with maintaining a gambling house, a felony, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and a misdemeanor gambling charge. If convicted, Fuller could face a maximum five-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

The prosecution hasn't provided testimony yet that Fuller has gambled. They were able to get a pair of Smith and Wesson, .38-caliber pistols found in Fuller's home entered along with some cash, a folding table and a half dozen folding chairs they contend were used for gambling purposes.

Fuller was arrested in April when police knocked in his front door while off-duty sheriff's deputies, hired by Fuller, stood guard as the player's personal security.

Investigators found $6,000 in $20 bills when they raied the home. However, Leon County sheriff's deputy Wiley Meggs conceded during cross-examination that the money could have come from a bank.

Assistant state's attorney Matt Smith contends Fuller had a weapon on him while a card game was being played and received part of the pot for hosting the game.

Jansen noted that Fuller obtained a concealed weapons permit after a shootout at his home Jan. 21, 2004, an event that triggered the investigation among several legal agencies. A Tallahassee native who played collegiately at Florida State, Fuller received the support Friday of fellow Seminoles football alums Deion Sanders, who played cornerback for the Ravens last season, along with William Floyd and Derrick Brooks.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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