Texas: A Texas judge Monday declined to recuse himself from the felony child-endangerment case involving NFL star Adrian Peterson, who is accused of injuring his young son with a disciplinary whipping.
Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Texas, had asked that Judge Kelly Case recuse himself over disparaging remarks about the attorneys on both sides.
The judge`s refusal to step aside opened the door for a hearing on the matter now scheduled for Wednesday.
As that matter dragged on, Peterson`s formal plea of not-guilty to the charge he faces for allegedly using a switch cut from a tree to punish his four-year-old son was made public.
The former NFL Most Valuable Player faces two years in jail and a $10,000 fine on the charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Peterson, 29, was benched last month, when he became one of several high-profile NFL players faced with domestic violence charges.
He was placed on the commissioner`s exempt list by his team, the Minnesota Vikings, but continues to be paid.
Peterson is free on $15,000 bond, but prosecutors last week asked the court to order him arrested for violating the terms of his bail after he allegedly told a court-hired drug tester he had smoked marijuana.