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Felony Domestic Violence Case Against Slava Voynov Will Proceed

from Nathan Fenno of the LA Times,

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Monday that there’s enough evidence for the felony domestic violence case against Kings defenseman Slava Voynov to proceed.

The lone witness during the preliminary hearing, Redondo Beach Police Officer Gregory Wiist, testified that Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, was distraught when he met her at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance after the alleged incident in the early hours of Oct. 20.

Wiist said that Varlamova told him during two recorded interviews that Voynov punched her in the face during a Halloween party, then the alleged altercation continued at their home.

“He threw her to the ground multiple times,” Wiist said. “On the ground, he repeatedly kicked her all over her body in addition to choking her approximately three times.”

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added 4:19pm, from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

Voyonov faces a count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury and, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. Voynov, a Russian citizen, also might face deportation.

Judge Hector M. Guzman ordered Voynov to stand trial after he listened to lengthy, detailed testimony from Officer Gregory Wiist of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Wiist testified that he interviewed Voynov’s wife, Marta Varlamova, after an incident at the couple’s Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19.

One of Voynov’s attorney’s Craig Renetzky, made two requests to the court: that the case be dismissed or that the charge be reduced to a misdemeanor. Both were denied by Guzman, who ordered Voynov to return to court Dec. 29 for arraignment.

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Paul's avatar

I know this story was posted on other sites earlier, but I felt the story should actually come from those who were in the court as these two reporters were.

That way we get the whole story.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/15/14 at 05:23 PM ET

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Eric Macramalla, legal analyst for TSN,

In this case, Voynov was charged with a felony. As a result, he is facing up to four years in state jail with an additional five years if he inflicted great bodily injury. If he had been charged with a misdemeanor, he would have been facing up to one year in county jail.

There is also a risk that Voynov’s contract could be voided (or terminated) by the NHL. The NHL CBA at Article 18-A.2 provides Commissioner Gary Bettman with very broad disciplinary powers when dealing with off-ice conduct that is “detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey”. Among the punishments the Commissioner may impose is the termination of a player’s contract.

The voiding of Voynov’s contract would most certainly be challenged by Donald Fehr and the NHLPA. However, terminating Voynov’s contract would not be unreasonable if the evidence is deemed reliable.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/15/14 at 05:29 PM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

That’s really a frightening series of tweets that came out from the two reporters covering the trial. I was hoping that maybe things weren’t as bad as initially reported. Maybe the language barrier led to some misunderstandings. That certainly doesn’t appear to be the case here. Rice and Peterson were bad for the NFL, but this is honestly a level above that. A head gash, multiple choke wounds? Yeesh.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 12/15/14 at 06:00 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

As a Kings fan, I was hoping that the arrest and charges were a misunderstanding.  But looking at the tweets coming out detailing the evidence against him, it definitely looks way worse than that.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he had played his last game in the NHL at this point.

Definitely a disappointment.  I liked him as a player and he was a good fit on the Kings.  If he’s found guilty, I hope the Kings void his contract and let him head back to Russia.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 12/16/14 at 08:08 AM ET

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