Reuben Foster pleads not guilty, preliminary hearing set for DV case

Reuben Foster pleads not guilty, preliminary hearing set for DV case

Foster April 12 was charged with three felonies: 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.

Almost two weeks after the initial charges, Foster's ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, recanted her accusations that Foster struck her eight-to-10 times in the head, rupturing her eardrum.

In the police report, Ennis, 28, told investigators that they had been arguing the night before and that he threw her dog across a room, but apparently the dog was not injured. Foster is accused of dragging his live-in girlfriend and punching her "8 to 10 times". But a video, turned over to prosecutors, allegedly shows her in a road rage fight with another woman before she called police on Foster.

Foster was charged with 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 after the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department responded to a possible disturbance at a Los Gatos, California, home on February 11.

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. Tuesday, prosecutors followed up on a subpoena for medical records to help determine whether the purported earlier fight could have caused the ruptured eardrum and other head trauma she suffered. The latter is responsible for the weapons charge against Foster.

The morning after their argument, Ennis told police, Foster threw her clothing out the window of an upstairs balcony and told her to get out.

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The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office filed charges against Foster, 24, on April 12 stemming from a February 11 incident.

"She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would 'trash his career, '" said the attorney via the statement.

Police photographed Ennis' injuries at the scene, recording a swollen lip, scratches and a cut on the back of her neck and a scraped knee.

Ennis soon after flagged down a passing motorist, who helped her call 911 again, prompting the response from the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police.

Additionally, Foster remains subject to potential NFL discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for a first-time domestic violence offense. A friend of Foster's was staying at the house, though he says he was in his room at the time of the incident and didn't witness any argument or altercation. Despite his missed time, Foster finished second on the team in tackles. General manager John Lynch released a statement in April saying Foster "won't be a part of this organization going forward" if the allegations against him are proven to be true. That's the standard we want on our team.

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