Did Ray Rice Marry Fiancée A Day After Aggravated Assault Indictment?

News & Views | Bené Viera | 03/31/2014 | 12:36 PM EDT

Ravens running back indicted on aggravated assault charge, marries fiancée a day later

Only a day after Ray Rice was indicted on aggravated assault, he reportedly married fiancée and mother of his child, Janay Palmer.


The couple married Friday night in a ceremony that had been planned for “a couple weeks,” according to ESPN.com. The wedding took place only a day after Rice was indicted.


The Baltimore Ravens running back made headlines after a Feb. 15 incident in a New Jersey casino where Rice allegedly hit and knocked his fiancée unconscious. A videotape surfaced of Rice dragging his seemingly unconscious fiancée by her arms out of an elevator.


Both Palmer and Rice were originally charged with simple assault-domestic violence. However, Palmer’s charges were dropped and Rice is the only one who has been indicted. He was indicted on a more serious charge of aggravated assault.


Rice’s attorney Michael Diamondstein issued a statement on Thursday saying neither Rice or Palmer want to move forward with the case.


"We deny Ray Rice committed aggravated assault. Neither Ray nor (his fiancée) Janay Palmer wish to prosecute the matter. Ray and Janay are together. They're happy, and they're in counseling," Diamondstein said. "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."


Rice could face up to three to five years in prison if convicted of the aggravated assault charge.


Now that the couple are married Palmer can claim a spousal privilege so she won’t have to testify against her husband.


Coincidence or did the couple marry to avoid Palmer having to testify against her new husband?

(Photo: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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