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by Paul on 12/20/13 at 03:49 PM ET
from Raquel Villanueva of 9News,
The case against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was dismissed Friday after facing a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.
Varlamov, 25, charged with third-degree assault Nov. 22. The case was dismissed because prosecutors say they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
His girlfriend, 24-year-old Evgenia Vavrinyuk, says the encounter happened in late Oct. at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Vavrinyuk, had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.
thanks to Sean Leahy for the heads-up via Twitter
added 3:53pm, via the Denver Post,
The district attorney's office on Friday morning filed a motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor assault charge because further investigation led prosecutors to believe they could not prove the case at trial.
"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, adding that investigators reinterviewed witnesses whose statements began to shift. "It became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
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