Bellaire officer who shot baseball player goes on trial

May 3, 2010 1:07:47 PM PDT
A Bellaire police officer who allegedly shot and wounded a college athlete goes on trial. Sergeant Jeffrey Cotton is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant. He allegedly shot baseball player Robbie Tolan during a confrontation outside Tolan's Bellaire house in December 2008. Officers say they believed Tolan was driving a stolen vehicle.

Cotton is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of his trial. Jury selection begins Tuesday.

If convicted, Cotton could face anywhere from five years to live in prison.