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Day After Ray Rice Indicted on Assault Charge, He Weds Fiancée

'Ray and Janay are together. They're happy, and they're in counseling.' —Rice's lawyer

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)
The Ravens running back known for his quick cuts made a personal move this week 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."

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Polly March 31, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I had hoped that Janay would see the writing on the wall. If she thinks his acts of violence are going to stop now that they are married, she's an uneducated fool. The horrors of domestic violence are all over place and educating women and helping them is on the rise as well.
Andy R March 31, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Roger, That depends on what you mean by church. The Christians I know are the ones looking to uphold our freedoms. Why are we judging Ray already? The speculation is probably true since the situation was already a bad choice, but we don't know the circumstances. I've seen light women passed out from too much alcohol.
Buck Harmon March 31, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Probably got married so that she could not be forced to testify against him...she's in the money, mission accomplished..
Justin case March 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Good for her. Hopefully with all that is going on, he eased up on the strings of a prenuptial agreement to show he trusts her so she should trust him, then a year from now she files for divorce and takes him to the cleaners then it's back to the ghetto he goes. Alone and broke as Fred Sanford
Nosmo King April 01, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Disappointing and embarrassing for the whole Baltimore metropolitan area.

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