Marcell Ozuna remains held in a Fulton County, Georgia, jail, awaiting a bond hearing in upcoming days, and his case has now been turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, according to Salvador Ortega, a sergeant with the Sandy Springs Police Department.
Ozuna, the Atlanta Braves outfielder, was charged with battery and also aggravated assault by strangulation after a 911 call Saturday summoned police to his Sandy Springs home. Upon arrival, officers say they witnessed Ozuna grab his wife, Genesis, by the neck and throw her against a wall. Both charges fall under Georgia’s Family Violence Act, which states charges cannot be dropped by an alleged victim in a case once it has been submitted by the law enforcement agency to the prosecutor.
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Additionally, prosecution will proceed “without victim cooperation if there is deemed to be sufficient independent evidence to prove the elements of the crime(s) without the victim's full involvement.”