Titus Young goes to court, gives judge silent treatment

Orange County throws three additional charges at former Boise State, NFL wide receiver.

STATESMAN STAFFMay 25, 2013 

Titus Young appeared at a pretrial hearing in Orange County Superior Court on Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to four felony charges and seven misdemeanors.

And he never said a word.

The three new charges mentioned in court are first degree attempted burglary of a home, a felony, and two misdemeanors - resisting a public or peace officer and vandalism. All stem from a May 10 incident, according to court documents.

Young, who has been jailed since May 11, has a new pretrial hearing scheduled for June 4, with a preliminary hearing June 6. A judge increased his bail to $50,000 from $25,000, saying he is a threat to the community.

Six of Young's charges stem from an alleged first-degree burglary May 11, with two second-degree burglary charges from a May 4 incident at a convenience store.

According to the complaint, the May 10 incident occurred at a different residence than the May 11 charge. Young allegedly defaced a nearby fence with graffiti, causing less than $400 in damage, along with resisting an officer.

In addition to the 11 charges in Orange County, Young still faces potential prosecution for two May 5 incidents in Riverside County, including an alleged DUI.

The mother of Young's infant son also obtained a restraining order against him in Riverside County.

USA TODAY reporter David Leon Moore, who attended Friday's hearing in Orange County, noted the exchange, or lack thereof, between Young and Judge Andre Manssourian.

"Good morning, sir,'' Manssourian said.

Young, appearing inside a protective cage while wearing inmate orange, according to USA Today, did not reply.

"Can you hear me?"

No reply.

"Are you Titus Demetrius Young?"

Again no reply.

A 12-minute sidebar between the judge and attorneys followed. USA Today reported that at one point during the sidebar, Young's father, Richard, called out to his son.

He did not reply.

Moore also wrote that Young's lawyer asked for, and was granted, the right to have a mental health professional evaluate Young, though that meeting has not been scheduled.

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