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Mr. Cook never put his hands on Ms. Baker’s neck and squeezed it to cut off any blood supply or air to her,” Valentini said.

Cook and Baker are both expected to testify in the case.

Cook has been free on supervised release pending his trial. He missed the last 10 games of the season. The Vikings have said they won’t make a decision about his status until after the trial, and Cook could face discipline from the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy.


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