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Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle may be headed to mental health treatment

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on releasing running back Joseph Randle

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, making an appearance at the team's new facility in Frisco, commented on releasing running back Joseph Randle today. Star-Telegram video by Paul Mosley
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, making an appearance at the team's new facility in Frisco, commented on releasing running back Joseph Randle today. Star-Telegram video by Paul Mosley

If former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle posts bond in connection with his latest arrest, he will be released to an inpatient treatment facility where his mental health will be evaluated.

Randle remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Monday following his weekend arrest on a warrant issued by a judge last week for not showing up for a hearing Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court.

Prosecutors had asked for the hearing to try to tack additional requirements onto his bond conditions – namely that he be admitted to an inpatient treatment facility for at least 30 days – after Randle’s attorney gave them a letter from a licensed counselor expressing concerns about his “mental health and his ability to make decisions and control his behaviors,” according to court documents.

But Randle, who posted bond after he was jailed and charged with multiple felonies following an argument at a party Feb. 21, didn’t show up to the hearing, prompting District Judge Kevin O’Connor to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Randle, 24, was booked for failing to appear in court after Wichita police found him at a house at 1021 N. Harding early Sunday morning. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

In addition to adding inpatient treatment to Randle’s bond obligations, O’Connor decided the former running back needs to be supervised by a court services officer if he’s freed on bond, court records show. He also ordered Randle to sign any paperwork needed to allow the court to monitor his treatment and asked for weekly reports from the treatment facility.

Randle is accused of backing his 2015 Honda Accord into two men and a woman after he was asked to leave a housewarming party at 8620 E. Scott following an argument on Feb. 21, then later returning and forcing his way into the home. He faces a March 25 preliminary hearing on four counts of aggravated battery and one count each of criminal damage to property, criminal threat and marijuana possession.

The case is the latest in a string of legal troubles for the former NFL running back and Wichita Southeast High School standout. He was released from the Cowboys organization late last year.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, making an appearance at the team's new facility in Frisco, commented on releasing running back Joseph Randle today. Star-Telegram video by Paul Mosley

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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