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San Gabriel Valley : Trial Set for Rodney King in Assault, Spousal Abuse Case

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Rodney G. King is scheduled to face a jury trial April 1 in Alhambra Municipal Court on misdemeanor assault and spousal abuse charges for allegedly striking his estranged wife with his car during an argument last summer.

Alhambra Municipal Judge Michael A. Kanner set the date at a preliminary hearing Thursday.

King, 30, whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers more than four years ago drew worldwide attention, has pleaded not guilty.

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He is charged with corporal injury to a spouse, assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving causing bodily injury. He is free on $2,500 bail.

The charges stem from his arrest July 14 after an incident on a residential Alhambra street.

After discussing a settlement with the prosecution at the behest of the judge, King left the courtroom predicting a victory in the April trial.

“We will win the case. This case should never have gone as far as it has,” King said.

King’s wife has filed for divorce.

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