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FSU running back Dalvin Cook wants speedy trial

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Dalvin Cook, FSU‘s speedy running back, has filed a motion for a speedy trial.

Cook, who is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly striking a woman in a parking lot, would like to go to trial almost immediately to prove his innocence, attorney Ricky Patel has said.

Patel says a new witness has come forward who will testify that Cook struck no one and was having a conversation with another witness as the altercation was unfolding.

There is no video of the punch, as there was in the case of dismissed quarterback De’Andre Johnson, which will leave the case in the hands of witnesses.

Cook would like to return to the team in time to play in the team’s opener on Sept. 5. As it now stands, Cook’s hearing would not be until Sept. 2.

Tomahawk Nation was unable to verity the existence of such a witness, however.

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