MARCH 15 2012 22:05h
Trial resumes for Cook, charged with abuse
Cook, 25, was arrested on charges of domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault against his then-girlfriend Chantel Baker, 21. The two have differing accounts regarding who began the altercation.
The judge has asked jurors to also determine whether or not Cook was guilty of a misdemeanor count of domestic assault with intent to cause fear, or a misdemeanor count of domestic assault with intent to cause bodily harm.
Jurors have also been asked to determine whether or not Cook acted in self-defense, Pioneer Press (St.Paul, Minn.) reported. If Cook is found to have been acting in self-defense, he must be acquitted of the domestic abuse charges, the judge said.
MINNEAPOLIS, March 15 (UPI) -- Trial resumed Thursday in Minneapolis for Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, accused of hitting and choking his girlfriend Oct. 22.