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Chris Cook Will Claim Self-Defense In Felony Domestic Assault Case

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has decided that he will claim that the charges of felony domestic assault and third-degree assault were due to self defense when the cases are officially brought to court. The charges stem from an altercation with his girlfriend the night of Oct. 21.

Cook's defense attorneys will file motions to dismiss the charges officially on Jan. 12, according to a report from the Star Tribune, because the victim has apparently changed her story. The motions will be needed because the case's judge turned down their request to dismiss the charges during a court appearance on Tuesday.

During the court appearance, Valentini asked whether prosecutors will dismiss the felony domestic assault charge since the alleged victim has supposdly recanted the strangulation. Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Sarah Hilleren replied that neither charge will be dismissed. Hilleren said afterward that she could not confirm or deny whether the woman recanted to pollice any part of her version of events.

A trial is currently scheduled to begin on March 5, but Christopher Gates suggests that the Vikings cut ties with the troubled cornerback long before this case is that far into the process.

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