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Jurors deliberating Chris Cook domestic assault case

Closing arguments in the trial of the Vikings cornerback recapped the jury's choice between two accounts. Cook either choked and hit his girlfriend in a jealous rage or defended himself from her attack.
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Closing arguments in the trial of the Vikings cornerback recapped the jury's choice between two accounts. Cook either choked and hit his girlfriend in a jealous rage or defended himself from her attack.

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