CBS Sports is reporting that one day after his indictment, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice married his girlfriend Janay Palmer. The couple married in a ceremony on Friday that they said had been planned for a couple of weeks. They have one daughter together, Rayven Rice.
Rice was indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge on Thursday after the couple had a violent altercation in Revel, a New Jersey casino, in February. Although the couple were both arrested, a court summons states that Rice allegedly hit his then-fiancé with his hand and knocked her unconscious. Casino surveillance video shows Rice attempting to drag his fiancé’s limp body from an elevator before being confronted by security.
Rice and Palmer were originally convicted on simple assault-domestic violence, but at this point only Rice has been indicted. The aggravated assault he is being charged with is a more serious charge than the original and he could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Attorney, Michael Diamondstein issued a statement saying neither parties wish to move forward with the case:
“We deny Ray Rice committed aggravated assault. Neither Ray nor (his fiancé) Janay Palmer wish to prosecute the matter. Ray and Janay are together. They’re happy, and they’re in counseling.”
“We believe that as a matter of law that Ray Rice did not commit aggravated assault. We ask only that the public reserve judgment until all the facts come to light.”
TMZ has the pretty disturbing video of Rice dragging what appears to be Palmer’s unconscious body from the elevator. Domestic assault and an indictment aren’t the greatest things to have preceding your wedding day, but who knows, this might be one event in the case of many and the couple may feel like it’s not that big of a deal. We hope for the sake of the child the couple is working on making their relationship healthier and that they don’t think marriage will erase their problems. Either way, because of marital communications laws, Palmer will more than likely not have to testify against her new husband in court.