TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The trial has begun for the suspended FSU running back accused of punching a woman in the face outside a downtown bar in June.
Dalvin Cook’s lawyer requested a speedy trial, which began Monday morning and is expected to last a day. Cook is charged with misdemeanor battery.
A witness told police that a group of football players began arguing with the alleged victim after one suggested taking her home and having sex and she refused.
The 20-year-old Miami native has been suspended indefinitely from the team pending the outcome of the case. He ran for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman in 2014.
The day before Cook’s incident, freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson also allegedly punched a woman in the face.
Johnson, who was charged with misdemeanor battery, was kicked off the team after surveillance footage of the incident was released.
Florida State opens the season Sept. 5 against Texas State.
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