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Reuben Foster pleads not guilty to 3 felony charges in California

Reuben Foster pleads not guilty to 3 felony charges in California

Prosecutors allege Foster punched the victim, Elissa Ennis, eight to ten times, which resulted in her suffering a ruptured eardrum.

Prosecutors say they are looking into that claim, but for now Foster is charged with domestic violence and possession of an assault weapon.

Foster's plea, which was entered by his attorney at the Santa Clara Hall of Justice, opens the door for a potentially expedient trial, with his preliminary hearing now set for noon ET on May 17.

It was not clear how much of the newly surfaced details are covered by Ennis' retraction of her domestic-violence and assault allegations.

"This is a gamble worth taking for Reuben Foster because he's up against a time situation with the 49ers", he continued.

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The alleged victim in the case against Reuben Foster initially told police the 49ers linebacker threw her out of his Los Gatos home three times following an argument on the morning of February 11, the last time after hitting her approximately 10 times "hard, but not that hard" with his fist. It's unlikely prosecutors would exercise their option to file false-reporting charges against Ennis because their own case rests on bolstering the authenticity of the initial account she gave to police, as well as relying on other independent evidence like medical records, witness accounts and the 911 call. Foster, who had worn formal suits to the first two hearings, came in more casual khaki trousers and a blazer Tuesday.

Foster is now awaiting a verdict for three felonies charged from the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office last month: domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon. Foster then grabbed the phone and smashed it, she said in the report. So the case against Foster goes beyond just the word of one accuser.

'Sadly too often, victims of domestic violence for a host of reasons choose not to cooperate with the process that holds their abusers accountable, ' said Jim Demertzis, supervising attorney in the DA's family violence unit. They also contacted an acquaintance she called from the same phone. The first was a loaded.38 caliber pistol and the second was a Sig Sauer short-barreled rifle, which was found loaded with a 30-round magazine on the floor of his bathroom and a round in the chamber. But on its own would be unlikely to threaten his freedom or football career provided there is no proof he menacingly used the firearm.

New details emerged when police reports including 911 dispatch calls from the February incident were released. He also voluntarily has agreed to stay away from the 49ers facility during offseason workouts. However, general manager John Lynch stated on April 23 that if the linebacker did hit Ennis, he would not be a part of the 49ers' future.

"The 49ers made a decision to be patient with Mr".


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