MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The judge hearing Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case will not be removed from the proceedings, following a recusal hearing Wednesday.
Retired Tarrant County Judge Jeff Walker decided that Judge Kelly Case would not be recused from hearing the case. Case had previously called lawyers on both sides “media whores,” a statement he later recanted.
Peterson is charged with abusing his 4-year-old son with a switch, or a branch pulled from a tree. The child was visiting his father at his home near Houston back in May when the incident happened.
Ten days later, after the child was returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a hospital. Doctors said the child had open wounds on his legs, back, and buttocks.
Peterson says that he believes he was only disciplining his child. Peterson has long maintained that he did not intend to hurt his son but regrets the “unintentional injury.”
The next matter of business will be whether or not Peterson should be arrested again. Prosecutors said Peterson violated the conditions of his $15,000 bond when he told a court worker who was administering a drug test that he “smoked a little weed.”
Peterson remains on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list, meaning he’s barred from team activities but remains on paid leave from the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson’s case has a tentative trial date of Monday, Dec. 1.
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