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Jacob Blake appears in court as lawyers effort possible plea deal

Posted at 7:44 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 06:06:04-04

KENOSHA — Jacob Blake was back in court virtually Wednesday on domestic abuse charges that he faced before he was shot by a Kenosha police officer.

Blake appeared from his bed at a rehab center in Illinois for what was supposed to be a pre-trial hearing in Kenosha County.

But prosecutors and Blake's defense are now working on possibly resolving the case with a plea agreement. A new pre-trial date is scheduled for Nov. 4.

Jacob Blake
Jacob Blake provides update in video from hospital bed

Blake previously pleaded not guilty to trespassing, sexual assault and disorderly conduct. The three charges are related to an incident last May at the home of Blake's girlfriend.

It was outside that same home when, three months later, Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, after officers were called to the scene for a potential domestic incident.

Sheskey has not been charged in the police shooting. Former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is currently investigating the shooting, as a outside consultant for Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley.

When Wray concludes his investigation, he will give his findings to DA Graveley, who will decide whether or not to charge Sheskey.

Blake is being treated in an unnamed rehabilitation center in the Chicago area, where he remains paralyzed from his waist down, according to his uncle. He was previously treated at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

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