Suspended Florida State running back Dalvin Cook's status with the football program is tenuous, as the program took team photos Sunday both with and without the star sophomore. But whether Cook ends up playing for the defending ACC champions or not, his attorney wants closure for his client as soon as possible.
The Miami law office of Farrell & Patel filed a demand for a speedy trial in Leon County Court Thursday, according to Warchant.com.
Cook's arraignment date is Sept. 2, just three days before the Seminoles open the season at home against Texas State. He was suspended indefinitely on July 10 after being charged with misdemeanor battery, and is not practicing with the team. Cook is accused of punching a woman in the face several times on June 23, although his attorney, Ricky Patel, said his client did not commit the crime and does not plan to accept a plea agreement. According to Patel, Cook was at the Tallahassee bar where the alleged incident took place, but that he walked away "before it got out of hand."
The court filing states Cook "is available for trial, has diligently investigated the case, and that he will be prepared for trial by the date established by the court."
Per Warchant.com, state law provides that if the request is granted, the trial could be set anywhere from five to 45 days from the date the request is filed. That could result in a much speedier resolution to the case.