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Former Twin Falls Deputy Acquitted of Battery Charges

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Twin Falls County jury has acquitted a former sheriff’s deputy of three counts of felony domestic battery.

The Times-News reports jurors deliberated for about two hours Monday before acquitting Michael Cooper.
Cooper was charged in April 2013 with four counts of felony domestic battery after a woman reported he had abused and intimidated her over the course of several years. One count was dismissed before trial.

Cooper’s attorney, Keith Roark, said in one case Cooper was responding to being battered, in another the woman fell in the driveway and in a third she ran into a freezer.

Special prosecutor Dan Dinger questioned Cooper’s credibility. Cooper testified the charges cost him his job, but under cross examination he acknowledged he lost it for other reasons. Cooper had been with the sheriff’s office for 15 years.

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