Jacob Blake makes a court appearance from his hospital bed

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Jacob Blake, the black man whose police shootout sparked protests, has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed before the incident.

Mr Blake, who is paralyzed in hospital, is charged with felony trespassing, sexual assault and disorderly conduct based on statements from his former girlfriend.

The criminal complaint was filed in July and is unrelated to the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23.

A trial over the complaint is expected to begin later this year.

According to the criminal complaint, Mr Blake is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in May.

The woman told police that Mr Blake, 29, took his car keys and a debit card before fleeing the scene.

According to the Kenosha District Attorney’s Office, these were the counts Mr. Blake was wanted for at the time of the August 23 shooting.

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Mr Blake was in his hospital bed on Friday as he appeared via Zoom to plead not guilty.

But a local commissioner decided there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

The criminal complaint did not identify Mr. Blake’s former girlfriend by name.

And the shooting on August 23?

A police officer shot Mr Blake in the back seven times during an arrest as he attempted to get into a car where his three children were sitting.

The Kenosha Police Union says Mr. Blake carried a knife; Investigators said a knife was later found on the floor of his car.

Police have been called to the area to respond to a report of domestic violence, according to ABC News.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said officers were called to an address after a woman reported that “her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be at the scene.”

While there, they attempted to arrest Mr. Blake, initially using a Taser.

Two people protesting against Mr Blake’s shooting were killed in Kenosha amid widespread looting and vandalism. A 17-year-old has been charged with the death.

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