Victim told police Chris Cook choked her until she couldn't breathe
Testimony in the trial of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will resume Monday after a powerful day of testimony Friday when his girlfriend described how she was choked to the point she couldn’t breathe.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Chantel Baker describe on tape to Eden Prairie police officer Janina Ann Wresh how Cook choked her twice, the second time to the point she could not breathe during an Oct. 22 altercation at his townhouse.
"I said, 'You're not supposed to do that. You're not supposed to put your hands on a girl,'" Baker told the police officer.
Cook is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and felony third-degree assault. It’s a tricky situation now because Baker has recanted her testimony. She now says she lied about being choked to ensure Cook went to jail. Prosecutors do not believe her now and say she has changed her tune for fear a conviction will end his football career.
According to police, Baker suffered a tear in her eardrum and she had prominent red marks on her neck, a nbloody nose and scraped and swollen face.
Cook’s defense claims Baker was violent and manipulative. The Vikings have placed Cook on paid leave and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him in the NFL.
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