It’s official: Adrian Peterson will face a jury trial in regards to the charges that followed allegations he physically abused his 4-year-old son using a tree branch.
Adrian Peterson, 29, arrived in a Montgomery County, Texas courthouse on Oct. 8 with the intention of pleading “not guilty” of felony injury to a child. However, Adrian did not enter a plea at all, and now the Minnesota Vikings running back will see a trial where a jury will decide whether or not Adrian’s disciplinary actions against his toddler son can be considered child abuse.
Adrian Peterson Appears In Court: Will See A Jury Trial For Abuse Charges
“[…] I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Adrian wrote on Twitter on Sept. 15 after making headlines for allegedly harming his toddler son.
Even though police photos showed the little boy covered in bruises and cuts, Adrian claimed he was simply disciplining his son and unintentionally caused the physical injuries.
On Oct. 8, the father of two faced a judge in Montgomery County, Texas where it was revealed his case would be going to trial, with a tentative start date of Dec. 1 in the Texas county, reports ESPN.
“Adrian is going to trial — he is not looking for a deal.” a spokesperson for the football player told the outlet, confirming the news after his first court appearance.
The report also claims that Adrian has requested an expedited trial, which means if a space opens up at the courthouse his trial could begin as early as November. Apparently, Adrian would very much like to put this entire debacle behind him and go back to focusing on football before the season ends.
Adrian Faces Prison Time & Fines If Convicted
If this case decides to go to trial, Adrian’s future will be left up to a jury.
Obviously if Adrian is found not guilty by the jury, he will be sent home completely unscathed. However, due to the severe nature of his charges, Adrian faces up to 2 years in prison and a hefty $10,000 fine, reports People.
Interestingly enough, the report also claims that the jury pool will consist of “conservative” members of the local community who will be summoned to the case via email.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do you think Adrian should have pled not guilty? Do you think he should be punished for what he did to his son? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
— Lauren Cox