Former Tarleton linebacker prepares for NFL draft after felony charges are dropped

By: Mekenzie Garza

Managing Editor

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E. J. Speed, former Tarleton linebacker and recent graduate, has a bright future ahead of him as he prepares for a new journey in his life. In Speed’s last season with the Tarleton Texans, he was arrested and charged with two counts of organized criminal activity in Deer Park.  On Feb. 1, the Harris County Grand Jury failed to find a bill of indictment for Speed for the allegation of engaging in organized criminal activity. Harris County District Court also passed the request to dismiss Speed.

“The underlying tampering with government record charge this engaging case is based on was relevant to a co-defendant than this defendant. Wherefore, premises considered, it is requested that the above entitled and numbered case be dismissed,” according to the motion to dismiss court document.

Texan News attempted to contact Speed and his attorney. Speed declined to comment. His attorney did not respond by phone or email by the time this article was published.

Speed met with the San Francisco 49ers for a private workout on Tuesday, April 2, according to his NFL Agent Corey Williams. Speed also participated in the Dallas Cowboys Local Prospect Day on April 5.

“EJ has three top 30 visits this week with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, April 8, Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, April 10 and Green Bay Packers on Thursday, April 11,” said Williams.

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