Crime & Courts

Former Cowboys player Joseph Randle charged, asks for lower bond

Wichita defense attorney Steven Mank requested Joseph Randle receive a mental evaluation — his third — after Mank said Randle exhibited some concerning behavior during his April 2017 trial and confusion over the jury's verdict. He was convicted of four charges but the jury was hung on others.
Wichita defense attorney Steven Mank requested Joseph Randle receive a mental evaluation — his third — after Mank said Randle exhibited some concerning behavior during his April 2017 trial and confusion over the jury's verdict. He was convicted of four charges but the jury was hung on others. Special to The Eagle

Joseph Randle, a Wichita native formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, was charged in a Sedgwick County courtroom Wednesday in connection with a weekend arrest.

Randle, 24, was charged with four counts of aggravated battery, one count of criminal threat, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of possession of marijuana.

Police have said Randle allegedly struck three people with his car while leaving a party early Sunday in southeast Wichita. He allegedly forced re-entry to the house later that morning, causing damage to the door, and when police arrived, he allegedly possessed marijuana.

His bond was set at $100,000.

In court on Wednesday, Randle denied ever driving the 2015 Honda Accord, while requesting a significantly lower bond.

“I don’t got no money for bond or nothing like that,” he told Judge Jeffrey Goering. “I was wondering if I could get my bond lowered to $5,000, so I can get out and go work out. I’ve got plans to go to California as soon as possible.”

Goering said that because Randle had not hired a lawyer nor filled out an application for a court-appointed attorney, he could not lower the bond amount.

Randle said he was sitting in his car when he “went back up to the door to check on the person I roll with.”

“That’s all I did,” he said. “I never drove the car.”

Randle is next scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 25.

The case is the latest in a series of troubles for the former Wichita Southeast standout.

Randle, who was released from the Cowboys organization late last year, was arrested in Texas earlier this month on a speeding warrant.

In November, he was arrested at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane after an alleged altercation at a blackjack table.

He was also arrested at the Hotel at WaterWalk late in February 2015, but charges were later dropped in that case.

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