Trial set for girlfriend of '127 Hours' figure

7:51 PM, Dec 13, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - A trial date has been set for a Denver woman accused of striking her boyfriend, Aron Ralston, whose self-amputation ordeal inspired the movie "127 Hours."

Court records show a Denver County judge on Friday set a February 19 jury trial for Vita Shannon on charges including assault and disturbing the peace.

She's accused of striking Ralston during an argument Sunday.

She's also charged with wrongs to minors. The couple's 8-week-old daughter was present during the altercation, but wasn't hurt.

Shannon pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.

Ralston was released, with prosecutors citing insufficient evidence.

Both are 38.

Ralston's right hand was pinned under a boulder in a Utah canyon in 2003. After five days with little food and water, he amputated the arm with a knife to escape.

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