Oct. 21, 2020 10:35a; Updated at 3:10 with court hearing details.
(WGTD)---Plea negotiations are underway in the May 3rd domestic violence case against Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Kenosha man who was shot in the back by Kenosha police during another domestic incident that occurred several months later.
During a pre-trial hearing Wednesday afternoon, Blake attorney Pat Cafferty said discussions with the special prosecutor are continuing. The attorneys are to report back to the judge by Nov. 4th on whether the discussions were fruitful. Otherwise, the case against Blake is scheduled to proceed to trial the following week.
Blake is charged with criminal trespass, third degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct stemming from the May incident. A warrant for Blake's arrest was in effect when he was shot at the end of August.
Also in court Wednesday, defense attorney Cafferty said he needed a week to formally respond to a request by special prosecutor Zeke Wiedenfeld to include as evidence should the trial occur "other acts" involving Blake.
Although Blake does not have a criminal record, the mother of Blake's children called police at least a half-dozen times over alleged verbal or physical clashes with Blake in the 8 years prior to the shooting.
Wiedenfeld's motion was filed Tuesday.
The list of unproven allegations begins with a 2012 call in Zion in which Blake allegedly had been drinking, steals the woman's vehicle and crashes into a wooded area.
In 2015, Blake allegedly kicked in the door to the woman's Mt. Pleasant apartment and stole an X-Box. The woman told police that she feared for her life and wasn't going to cooperate with the investigation.
A year later, Blake and the woman had another altercation in which Mt. Pleasant police responded. The woman said Blake hit her because she refused to give him the password to her phone. Blake denied the allegation, and the woman once again refused to cooperate.
In June of last year, Kenosha police responded to a verbal argument involving the pair.
In March of this year, police were called to an incident which was apparently resolved after the woman retrieved her keys from Blake. An Apr. 6th call was also about keys and did not turn physical.
No charges were apparently filed in any of those incidents.
Blake appeared in court for the hearing via Zoom from the Illinois facility where he's undergoing therapy. At last report, Blake was still paralyzed from the waist down. .