AUSTIN -- A federal judge has denied bail for former football player Russell Erxleben.
Erxleben was incarcerated in January after a conviction related to his involvement in foreign schemes that bilked several investors.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel backed an earlier decision of U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, saying there were no conditions he could impose under a supervised release that would keep Erxleben from trying to influence witnesses or from posing a financial danger.
In the Tuesday filing, Yeakel said he took into consideration evidence from Erxleben’s first detention hearing in May. He also considered new information presented last month at a second detention hearing.
The judge noted in testimony at the second hearing Lance Henne, a former Bastrop Country Inmate, said Erxleben attempted to hire him to intimidate a key witness.
Erxleben’s lawyers have contended that house arrest was a viable alternative, but prosecutors disagree.
Erxleben was raised in Seguin, Texas. He was recruited as a top prospect at The University of Texas in 1975. He later went on to become a punter and three-time All-American kicker in the NFL.