Houston Oilers cornerback Willie Tullis has surrendered to police...

HOUSTON -- Houston Oilers cornerback Willie Tullis has surrendered to police on a charge of criminal trespass for allegedly breaking into a San Angelo, Texas, woman's apartment.

Tullis, 25, was named in a complaint filed last week by a woman identified as Cyndi Neeper, 19, of San Angelo, the site of the Oilers' training :amp.


Houston Police Detective Earl Musick said Tullis surrendered just before noon Tuesday. State District Judge Ted Poe of Houston set bond at $1,000 during a brief hearing at which Tullis wore jeans.

Tom Green County Sheriff's deputies said Ms. Neeper, a waitress, told them Tullis broke down the door of her apartment last Thursday and refused to leave.

Tullis, the latest in a series of Houston Oilers to be arrested in recent months, could not be reached for comment.

The native of Newville, Ala., who played college football at Troy State, was drafted by the Oilers in 1981. He had earned a job as starting left cornerback.

The Oilers had little to say about the incident.

'We are aware of the situation,' a team spokesman said. 'We are in consultation with our team attorney. After we discuss everything, we will have a statement later on in the day from the team.'


Oilers general manager Ladd Herzeg said he wanted 'a chance to sit down and discuss the whole situation with our attorneys.'

Last Thursday in San Angelo, Oilers tight end Dave Casper was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He failed to appear for the Oilers 20-13 loss at New Orleans, but later said he made a mistake and wants to play.

Earlier this year, cornerback Greg Stemrick was released by the Oilers after pleading no contest to a cocaine possession charge and cornerback J.C. Wilson pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.

Safety Vernon Perry awaits trial in Mississippi on a cocaine possession charge. The Oilers placed Perry on waivers three weeks ago.

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