Reuben Foster‘s felony plea hearing Monday was pushed again to May 8 to be able to give prosecutors extra time to overview video footage offered to them by the lady who initially accused the 49ers linebacker of home violence earlier than recanting those claims.
Foster appeared briefly in a San Jose courtroom earlier than his plea hearing was rescheduled.
Last week, Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, recanted accusations she made that led to Foster’s arrest in February. Ennis’ lawyer, Stephanie Rickard, says the video footage offered to Santa Clara County prosecutors proves Foster did not trigger her shopper’s accidents.
“[Foster] did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard, mentioned in a press release launched Wednesday. Rickard mentioned Ennis’ accidents “were the result of a physical fight with another woman, and that Foster tried to end his relationship with Ennis after he learned of the fight.”
Foster, 24, has been charged with home violence with an allegation that he inflicted nice bodily hurt; forcefully making an attempt to stop a sufferer from reporting a criminal offense; and possession of an assault weapon. If convicted on all counts, he faces the opportunity of greater than 11 years in jail.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has not publicly commented on statements made by Ennis’ lawyer.
Niners basic supervisor John Lynch mentioned the workforce is ready to chop Foster if the charges are proven true.
“I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won’t be part of our organization going forward,” Lynch mentioned final week. “That’s the standard we want on our team, that’s the standard we are going to operate under.”
Foster is topic to potential NFL self-discipline below the league’s private conduct coverage, which mandates a six-game suspension for a first-time home violence offense.