By Mark Gaughan
Attorneys for Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams were told last week by a Texas state district judge to turn over his cellular phone and some financial and medical records in the latest chapter in the dispute over an engagement ring he wants back from his former fiancee.
Harris County state district judge Larry Weiman made the ruling Friday. Williams filed a suit in early May to regain possession of the 10.04-carat ring, reportedly worth $785,000. His former fiance, Erin Marzouki, subsequently filed a counter suit alleging Williams is trying to harass and scare her. Her suit alleges Williams broke up with her only to reconcile and told her to keep the ring after their final split. The two were engaged from February 2012 to January 2013.
According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, Weiman ruled that Williams’ attorneys must hand over the phone plus certain documents, but only those covering the time of the couple’s engagement. A court-appointed master will examine the phone and determine if there is data on it that should be withheld from Marzouki's attorneys. All of the information would be sealed under a protective order.
No trial date has been set for the case.
Meanwhile, a report from Houston television station KTRK says that a Texas state agency is looking into whether Williams got special treatment to receive a law enforcement degree from Lone Star State College. Williams was able to complete a 660-hour course work in four months, nearly two months ahead of the other class members, who graduated from the Lone Star Law Enforcement Academy last week.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education informed the college by letter last week that it received a citizen's complaint that a recent cadet didn't complete the program's Basic Peace Officer Course according to appropriate standards.
The commission's preliminary findings showed the academy did not meet certain state standards and that law enforcement training at the school is suspended until further notice. The name of the cadet in question is blacked out in the letter from the commission. KTRK reports it is WIlliams, according to unidentified sources. The station quoted an instructor at the program who said Williams completed all of the course work