Crown stays assault charge against former Roughrider Taj Smith

A Queen's Bench justice ruled Thursday morning that the aggravated assault charges against former Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Taj Smith have been stayed.

Aggravated assault charge related to man, 20, found injured outside bar in 2013

Taj Smith, outside provincial court in Regina June 12, 2014 following his preliminary hearing on an assault charge. (CBC)

The Crown has stayed a charge of aggravated assault against former Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Taj Smith.

It happened Thursday morning in Regina's Queen's Bench court.

Prosecutor Adam Breker said the Crown doesn't believe there's a reasonable likelihood of conviction.

When charges are stayed, the Crown has 12 months to bring them back, but in practice that rarely happens.

Smith and another former member of the Canadian Football League team, defensive back Dwight Anderson, were bothoriginally charged with aggravated assaultafter an August 2013 incident on a Regina street.

A 20-year-old man was found injured outside a Dewdney Avenue bar in Regina's Warehouse district in the early morning of Aug. 18. 

A third former Roughrider, Eron Riley, was also originally charged in relation to the Dewdney Avenue incident. His charges, along with Anderson's charges, were dropped almost a year after the Aug. 18 incident.

The latest court move means there are no active charges against anybody in connection with the alleged assault.

Smith was with the Roughriders from 2012 to 2015.