Friday August 21st, 2015

A Leon County, Fla., judge has decided prosecutors will not be able to present new evidence against suspended Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at his trial Monday for a misdemeanor battery charge, reports Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Cook was suspended indefinitely by FSU last month after reports emerged he would be served an arrest warrant for punching a woman outside a Tallahassee bar in June. Cook denies the charges and says he left the area before the argument between other Florida State football players and the woman escalated.

On Friday, four men and two women were selected as jurors for Cook’s trial, which is set to begin Monday. The Tallahassee state attorney’s office tried to introduce screenshots of posts from a fake Twitter account, Cook’s juvenile records and business records as evidence, but those items will not be included in testimony.

Florida State players Deondre Francois​, Da’Vante Phillips and Travis Rudolph may testify in the case.

Cook led FSU with 1,008 rushing yards as a freshman in 2014. He has not participated in any team activities since his suspension following the arrest.

Florida State opens the season Sept. 5 against Texas State. Cook’s lawyer believes the trial will be over by Tuesday.

- Christopher Chavez

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