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Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice to be arraigned for alleged domestic violence assault

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The Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice will finally have his day in court stemming from an alleged domestic violence assault involving his then girlfriend/now wife Janay Palmer. According to the Baltimore Sun on April 2, his arraignment hearing is scheduled for 8:45 a.m., April 28, in Atlantic County Superior Court.

Ray Rice was indicted by the Grand Jury last week on a third-degree aggravated assault charge. Charges against Janay Palmer were reviewed and dismissed.

At the hearing, Rice will be officially given the charges he’s facing and he can enter a plea. The third-degree aggravated assault charge potentially carries three to five years in jail; however, Rice has a clean record. He could be eligible for a diversionary program, thus avoiding jail time.

The indictment claims that Rice, 27, allegedly attempted to “cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer, and/or did purposely or knowingly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer and/or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, did recklessly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer."

The charge stems from a surveillance video showing rice and Palmer hitting each other with their hands. A video later surfaced on TMZ which showed Rice dragging an apparently unconscious Palmer from an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

The Baltimore Ravens issued a statement. "This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident."

Steve Bisciotti, owner of the Ravens, and John Harbaugh, head coach, have said Rice will continue to play.

Ray will be here,” Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun during the NFL owners meetings. "This is a singular moment six years after we drafted him. It’s embarrassing for him and his fiancee. It is especially hard to see somebody that is proud of his reputation have to take this kind of public relations hit.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the Ray Rice case is being monitored. No disciplinary measures have been decided at this time.

Ray Rice and Janay Palmer married on Friday, March 28.

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