BALTIMORE — A day after he was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault, accused of knocking his fiancee unconscious, Ravens running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer got married.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said Saturday that he visited Rice and Palmer after Friday's ceremony and they are "in a good place."
"I went by (Friday) after everything happened and checked up on them, and they're happy … they're growing. They're trying to better themselves from it,'' Smith said.
They never broke off the engagement, though it was believed that they were planning to get married in the summer.
Rice and Palmer, who police said were involved in a physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino on Feb. 15, have been getting counseling and therapy, according to Ravens officials. Both Rice, 27, and Palmer, 26, were initially charged with simple assault. The charge against Palmer has been dismissed.
Rice's charges escalated on Thursday after a grand jury handed up the indictment. Third-degree aggravated assault can result in a prison sentence of three to five years.
Lester Munson, ESPN's legal analyst, said Palmer could complicate the prosecution's case.
"If the wife claims a spousal privilege, it is likely that she would not be forced to testify against him," Munson said. "The prosecution would face the prospect of proving the assault without any testimony from the victim.''
Attorney Joseph A. Levin, a criminal defense expert not affiliated with the case, told the Baltimore Sun that the two getting married before the case was resolved would likely not allow Palmer to invoke spousal privilege. There is an exception in New Jersey law when the spouse is the alleged victim, Levin said.
A court hearing date for Rice has not been set, and Rice has not been taken into custody.
Recently signed Bills linebacker and former Gator Brandon Spikes issued Twitter messages criticizing Rice.
"I don't see how anyone can respect him. Put your hands on a woman. The woman that had ur child," Spikes tweeted. "Someone should choke him out. See how he likes it."
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