Two days after the Reno game, Shirley slammed a car into a Northeast Fresno apartment. Defense attorney Charles Magill is trying to convince a jury the concussion clouded Shirley's mind. Magill said, "When he backed vehicle up and he thought he hit a curb but in fact struck a building that is explained by the concussion-misunderstanding what is going on and then leaving the scene."
Bulldog's team doctor William Carveth supported the defense. The doctor said he upgraded Shirley's concussion from mild to moderate. Carveth said, "He had more complaining on follow up exams 2 weeks later which made us think, it is probably more of a moderate concussion because he wasn't recovering." But the prosecutor pointed out, a moderate concussion is not considered a serious head injury.
On Tuesday, jurors will hear closing arguments. Then they will begin deliberating. If convicted, Shirley could face up to a year in jail