Ravens running back Ray Rice's felony aggravated assault case has been scheduled for an April 28 arraignment conference at Atlantic County Superior Court, according to a court spokesperson. The arraignment is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. The case stems from a physical altercation between the three-time Pro Bowl running back and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer on Feb. 15 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Rice and Palmer were married last Friday. Initially facing a simple assault-domestic violence charge, Rice was indicted by a grand jury on the more serious third-degree aggravated assault charge last week after the case was reviewed by the Atlantic County prosecutor's office. Palmer was originally arrested and facing a count of simple assault-domestic violence, but her case was administratively dismissed. During the arraignment, Rice will be officially notified of the charges he's facing and could enter a plea. If convicted of aggravated assault, Rice could face between three and five years in jail. As a first-time offender, however, Rice isn't expected to face jail time and may be eligible for a diversionary program Rice, 27, allegedly attempted to "cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer, and/or did purposely or knowingly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer and/or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, did recklessly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer." Rice allegedly knocked Palmer unconscious during their altercation, and a TMZ video showed the NFL player dragging a limp Palmer from an elevator and propping her up. The case was based on video surveillance that showed Rice and Palmer hitting each other with their hands, according to police. Following the indictment last week, the Ravens issued a statement saying: "This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident."
Ray Rice arraignment conference set for April 28 in Atlantic City
Baltimore Sun | Apr 2