Former Aggie Football Player Stands Trial

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

A jury was selected Tuesday in the case of a former Texas A&M football player and Bryan High standout accused of armed robbery.

Opening statements will begin Wednesday in the trial of Yemi Babalola.

The 23-year-old faces two counts of aggravated robbery in what police say stemmed from a drug deal.

He and fellow former Aggie player, Brandon Joiner, are accused of robbing a Callaway Villas apartment in November 2007, punching a resident and tying up two men with duct tape.

Babalola starred on the Bryan High School football team before earning a starting spot on the A&M offensive line.

After being suspended indefinitely from the Aggie football team, Babalola played for Texas Southern University in Houston last year. According to TSU athletic officials, he is not listed on the 2009 roster.

If convicted, Babalola faces up to life in prison.

The other man accused in the case, Brandon Joiner of Killeen, was a redshirt freshman defensive end for the Aggies.

Joiner is expected to go to trial in the coming months.

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