Reporting Rachel Slavik
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We’re getting a better understanding of how the jury came to a not guilty verdict in Minnesota Viking Chris Cook’s domestic assault trial.
Some of the evidence was released Tuesday.
Both sides relied heavily on pictures of Cook’s girlfriend’s neck.
The prosecution argued the red marks were from Cook’s fingers, the defense argued they were scrapes from an earring.
The girlfriend’s statements to police also played a big role in the jury’s verdict.
Chantal Baker statement to police 10/22/11: “He came back and choked me at that point I couldn’t breathe”
Baker statement to police 11/10/11: “I had actually lied about the whole choking incident and just wanted to let you know that didn’t happen that didn’t occur.”
The prosecution did point out that domestic assault victims do change their stories from time to time. The problem is, however, it can create doubt in the jurors’ minds.