FSU RB Dalvin Cook Found Not Guilty

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has been found not guilty of misdemeanor battery.

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook's trial was conducted today and after 23 minutes the six-person jury came back with very quick verdict. Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery.

The State Attorney's Office called eight witnesses today. The State Attorney's Office first called the accuser and then her friend who was there that night. They also called three members of the Tallahassee Police Department including a Tallahassee Police Department investigator who was called three times. Finally they called three Florida State football players. Travis Rudolph, Deondre Francois, and Da'Vante Phillips were all called to the stand to testify. 

The defense called just one witness. Grant Jenkins, a senior at Florida State, took the stand and said he did not witness Cook strike anyone. One of the original witnesses on the case, Justin Rossi, gave his number and name to the investigator as a person who saw the event. 

Cook was suspended from the Florida State football team immediately following his arrest on July 10. Florida State has not commented on the verdict, but he will likely be reinstated to the team in the coming days.

Cook was Florida State's leading rusher last season with 1,008 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns. He was the first Florida State running back to rush for over 1,000 yards and is slated to be the starting running back again this season. 

If you would like full details on the trial you can find them here.


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