Opening statements expected Wednesday in domestic assault trial of Vikes cornerback Chris Cook

  • Article by: AMY FORLITI , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 7, 2012 - 7:20 AM

MINNEAPOLIS - Opening statements are expected to get under way in the domestic assault trial of Vikings cornerback Chris Cook.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Cook hit and choked his girlfriend during an argument in October after he got upset because she spoke to an ex-boyfriend. He is charged with domestic assault by strangulation and third degree assault. Both are felonies.

Authorities say the woman's injuries included a bloody nose and perforated ear drum.

But Cook's attorneys have indicated the 6-foot-2, 212 pound football player was acting in self-defense.

Cook remains free on supervised release. He missed the last 10 games of the season, and could face discipline from the NFL.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in Hennepin County District Court.

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