Titus Young makes court appearance, ignores judge

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Former Lions wide receiver Titus Young, who has been jailed since May 11, appeared on Friday in a California court, where he formally found out he would be facing a total of 11 charges stemming from his recent crime spree. Young also learned that his bail would be raised from $25,000 to $50,000.

Young has been arrested four times since May 4, including an attempted burglary on May 11 that led to his current incarceration.

Things involving Young always seem to turn odd at some point, and Friday's court appearance was no different. While in court, Young -- appearing inside a protective cage -- completely ignored the judge, according to USA Today.

"Good morning, sir," Judge Andre Manssourian said to Young.

After getting no reply, the judge asked Young, "Can you hear me?"

After getting no reply to that, the judge asked, "Are you Titus Demetrius Young?"

Again, the judge received no reply.

Young's lawyer, Altus W. Hudson II, stated that Young was merely exercising his right to remain silent. Young's father, Richard Young, also called out for Titus but didn't receive a reply, either.

Young's mental health has been in question recently, so much so that Manssourian stated his reason for raising bail was because Young "poses a danger to the community."

That community includes Young's ex-girlfriend, who has a temporary restraining order against him.

Young's next court appearance -- a pre-trial hearing -- is scheduled for June 4. That will be followed by a preliminary hearing that's scheduled for June 6.

 
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