The Harris County District Attorney's Office said a grand jury indicted Bennett, 32, acquired earlier this month by the Eagles, on a felony count of injury to the elderly. The charge holds a penalty of a $10,000 fine and 10 years in prison. Acevedo said the officer checked on the condition of the paraplegic woman rather than trying to detain Bennett. That is what Bennett allegedly did to a wheelchair-bound NRG Stadium employee.
Hardin said Bennett will remain in the Houston area for a few days, visiting family.
"Man, you were over the top", Hardin said about Acevedo.
Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman told NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and other media outlets at the NFL owner's meetings in Orlando, Florida, on Monday that neither the Eagles nor Seahawks knew about the alleged incident before the indictment was announced.
Art Acevedo, the Houston Police Chief, says that no video evidence of the incident exists and that the charges stem from testimony given by an officer who was on duty that night. The Eagles released a statement Friday, saying they were aware of the situation and were still gathering facts. And I think we've got to be fair about that in all these matters.
"He didn't do it", Hardin told reporters after Bennett's brief court hearing according to a live feed from station KTRK via CNN. I'm just giving you some background about where we were and how we do our process when we bring people in. "People have the right to present their side. I'm going to say this with a smile and total confidence: they are going to change their mind".
The Seahawks and Eagles have each let it be known that neither team knew about the investigation into Bennett when the trade was made on March 7.