New details emerge, 49ers LB Foster pleads not guilty

Arnold Nichols
May 9, 2018

Foster pleaded not guilty to the three felony charges against him: 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.

Ennis' testimony - paired with the video Ennis' attorney claims shows Ennis getting into a fight with another woman and suffering a ruptured ear drum - could ultimately be the tipping point for the defense. The report also includes the allegation that Foster threw Ennis' dog across a room during an earlier argument, but it is not clear whether her retraction applies to her entire account of what happened on February 11 or just the assault accusation. He faces two charges of domestic violence and one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon.

Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges Tuesday, setting up what could be a crucial preliminary hearing for the 49ers linebacker on May 17.

Police found two weapons in Foster's residence.

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.

A video of the fight with the woman has been turned over to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Legal analyst Steven Clark said, "this is a gamble".

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Investigators did not alter charges against Foster before Tuesday's hearing.

Foster 's friend stayed with Ennis and him that February 11 night, and claimed he was unaware of any altercation or argument.

Foster was present and his attorney, Josh Bentley, informed the court of Foster's position in the case related to a domestic violence incident that carries three formal charges.

Foster reportedly physically dragged Ennis out of the home multiple times, according to the police report, as she kept making her way back inside.

The Sacramento Bee reported police found two loaded guns at the home - a.38-caliber pistol and a Sig Sauer short-barreled rifle.

"Sadly too often, victims of domestic violence for a host of reasons choose not to cooperate with the process that holds their abusers accountable", Jim Demertzis, supervising attorney in the DA's family violence unit, said after an April 30 hearing. 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.

Foster remains a member of the 49ers. Despite his missed time, Foster finished second on the team in tackles. However, general manager John Lynch stated on April 23 that if the linebacker did hit Ennis, he would not be a part of the 49ers' future. "That's the standard we want on our team, that's the standard we are going to operate under".

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