Hearing set in death of Peterson's son

A hearing has been set to discuss the bond posted for the suspect in the death of Adrian Peterson's son. Arguments in the trial could begin next month.

A man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall could have his $750,000 bond revoked at a hearing next month.

Joseph Patterson, 28, is facing second-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the death of 2-year-old Tyrese Robert Ruffin.

Patterson was arrested early Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, interference with emergency communication and injury to property following accusations that he assaulted the boy's mother this week.

State's Attorney Tom Wollman is pushing for Patterson to forfeit the $750,000 cash bond his father paid last year.

Patterson appeared via video Thursday morning for the bond hearing. The Argus Leader reports that his attorney requested arguments to be heard next month. The hearing will resume on July 10.

The NFL hired 13 new officials for the 2014 season and promoted three veterans to referee.

First-year official Brad Allen will join the NFL as a referee from the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he has been a referee for the past nine seasons.

Allen is the first to go to the referee position in his first NFL season since Tommy Bell in 1962.

Allen has refereed several major bowl games, including the 2012 Rose Bowl and 2014 Sugar Bowl. Allen replaces veteran referee Mike Carey, who will join CBS Sports as a rules analyst.

Veteran NFL officials Ronald Torbert and Craig Wrolstad are new referees in 2014, replacing retired referees Scott Green and Ron Winter. Wrolstad has spent the past 11 seasons as a field judge while Torbert has worked the past four as a side judge.

Among the dozen new officials are side judge Shawn Hochuli, the son of referee Ed Hochuli, and field judge Brad Freeman, the son of back judge Steve Freeman, a former player with Buffalo.

Two women, line judge Sarah Thomas and head linesperson Maia Chaka, will work minicamps and preseason games this year. They are in the officiating development program and officiated in Conference USA in 2013.

"Our first-year officials were all among the best in college football, including Brad Allen, one of our new referees," NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said.

"Brad was an outstanding referee for many years in the ACC and we are excited about having him on the field. Ron and Craig have proven to be outstanding NFL officials and they also are ready to assume the referee position."

The other first-year officials are umpires Mark Pellis and Bryan Neale; head linesman Patrick Turner; field judges Eugene Hall and John Jenkins; side judges Alex Kemp and Scott Novak; line judge Ed Walker; and back judges Rich Martinez and Steve Patrick.

The most experienced officials are referees Walt Coleman, in his 26th season, and the Ed Hochuli, in his 25th.

In all, 119 officials will work in seven-man crews during the regular season.


The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a deal with former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.

The team announced the deal this week. Terms weren't disclosed.

Kansas City released Flowers earlier this month after three weeks of voluntary workouts during which the former starter was conspicuously absent. Flowers was due to make $5.25 million this season with the Chiefs, and he carried a salary cap number of $10.5 million.

Flowers was the Chiefs' second-round pick in 2008 and he started 87 of the 88 games he played over six seasons, making 421 tackles, two sacks and 17 interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns.

But Flowers gradually lost time to Marcus Cooper and other defensive backs under a new regime last season.

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