Attorneys for Chris Cook say he will claim self defense

Defense attorneys for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook argued that charges against him should be dismissed because the woman he was entangled in a domestic dispute with has recanted her story that he attempted to strangle her.

But the case is moving forward and the prosecution’s office declined to address whether or not the 21-year-old woman has changed her story, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Cook, who shaved the dreadlocks he previously had as part of what he said is a “lifestyle change,” didn’t comment on the case. His attorneys will say anything that occurred during the dispute was an act of self-defense by Cook. He has been charged with felony domestic assauly and third-degree assault after it was learned earlier this month the woman suffered a perforated ear drum and has hearing loss. Cook is still on the Vikings’ roster but he has been suspended indefinitely.

Per the Star Tribune report, a spokesman for the Hennepin County attorney said he couldn’t address whether or not the victim changed her story since the original police involvement in the case.
"In general, when we're talking about domestics between boyfriends and girlfriends, it's not unusual for the victim to occasionally modify her story," Chuck Laszewski said.

The prosecutors must move forward with the case even if that happens, he said. A trial has been scheduled to begin March 5.

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