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Trending: NFL Player Indicted on Charges He Assaulted Woman, Marries Same Woman the Next Day

Ravens Runningback Ray Rice was charged Thursday with assaulting Janay Palmer. On Friday he married her.

Ray Rice after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013. (Credit: Michael Woyton)
Ray Rice after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013. (Credit: Michael Woyton)
Written by Elizabeth Janney

The Ravens running back known for his quick cuts made a personal move to wed his fiancée the day after being indicted on an assault charge.

Ray Rice and Janay Palmer tied the knot on Friday in a private wedding that had been in the works "for a couple of weeks," ESPN reported.

Originally, the wedding was planned for the summer, according to The Baltimore Sun, which reported the couple may still hold a celebration then.

Friday night's nuptials came the day after Rice was indicted on one count of aggravated assault involving Palmer, for attempting to cause significant bodily injury, and/or purposely or knowing causing such injury and/or recklessly causing such injury under extreme indifference to the value of human life.

The charge stemmed from a Feb. 15 incident at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, between Rice, 27, and Palmer, 26.

Rice and Palmer were both charged with simple assault and released on summons complaints.

The case became a media frenzy after video of Rice dragging Palmer from an elevator surfaced. According to Rice's attorney, the footage is incomplete.

"We deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don't think the law would support that..." Michael Diamonstein, Rice's lawyer, said. "And we just ask the public to reserve judgment until all of the facts are out."

The case was referred to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for review, and the simple assault complaint against Palmer was administratively dismissed, according to Galloway Patch in New Jersey. A grand jury indicted Rice on the third-degree assault charge Thursday.

"Neither Ray nor Janay Palmer wish[es] to prosecute the matter," Diamondstein told NFL media. "Ray and Janay are together. They're happy, and they're in counseling."

A close friend and teammate of Rice also said the couple was doing well.

"They're happy ... they're growing [and] they're trying to better themselves from it," Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith told The Baltimore Sun, after he visited the newlyweds.

Rice and Palmer have a young daughter named Rayven, according to WBAL, and they live in Reisterstown.

Their marriage does not mean that Palmer would be excused from testifying against Rice, according to TMZ, which reported spousal privilege is not applicable in New Jersey in cases where the spouse is the victim.

However, a defense attorney in New Jersey told The Star-Ledger that it's likely rather than trial, Rice may try to enter the state's pre-trial intervention program for first offenders, an initiative to deter criminal behavior that does not involve a trial.

Since the initial reports of his arrest, the Ravens have stood behind Rice.

“He’ll be back with the team. He’ll definitely be back,” owner Steve Bisciotti told the BaltimoreRavens.com this week. "I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancée, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him."

Leo K March 31, 2014 at 06:12 PM
What's the Culver City connection? Is there any local coverage or did AOL sack all of their local editors and is starting to aggregate all this useless news that is old news?
Tommy Hottleman March 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Cavemen used to drag their woman around by the hair all the time and no one made a big deal about it. I guess times have changed.
jlnick1957 April 01, 2014 at 04:55 PM
in the old days, the guests threw the rice. Now the rice throws the bride
John Murphy April 06, 2014 at 04:12 PM
I love how people on here are just slamming him as if hes a monster and she a perfect person and a victim, first off she was arrested too for simple assault, second off to up grade his charges to third degree from simple assault .thats crazy to me.third degree assault? She would have been beaten really bad and hospitalized for such a charge .something doesn't seem to add up .idk maybe im missing something. And anyone who wants to disagree thats fine but sa. 1 liners and trash talking that I must condone hitting women because I don't in any way shape or form.i just think its a waste of taxpayer's money and waste of the courts time .
Seer April 10, 2014 at 01:02 AM
Once a ******- always a ******.

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