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Jolly Appears in Court on Possession of Codeine

Defensive end Johnny Jolly appeared briefly in a Houston courtroom Tuesday to answer refiled charges he illegally possessed at least 200 grams of codeine.

Jolly, 26, whose hometown is Houston, was indicted by a Harris County grand jury for a second time last week, five months after prosecutors dismissed a similar charge stemming from a traffic stop a year and a half ago.

The charges were dropped in July so lab technicians could become proficient with a new piece of equipment that measures codeine, Harris County district attorney officials said.

Jolly, who has posted $10,000 bond, has said he is innocent.

In court Tuesday, Jolly, wearing a dark sweater over a red shirt, dark pants and athletic shoes, answered “here” when State District Judge Mike Anderson read the names of defendants on his docket for the morning. He said nothing else in court.

Asked outside the courtroom if he had anything to say, Jolly told The Associated Press: “Have a nice day.”

Jolly’s attorney, Brian Overstreet, said there were “real preliminary” discussions on a possible plea deal and the next step in the case would be another hearing. No date was immediately set.

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