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UPDATE: Charges dropped! 49ers Ray McDonald arrested for domestic violence; fiancee calls cops then refuses to cooperate


Posted On: November 10, 2014 | By Tamara N. Holder

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Update: November 10, 2014

On Monday, the Santa Clara State’s Attorney dropped domestic abuse charges against 49ers Ray McDonald. According to ESPN.com,

“Conflicting versions of the event, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation from Jane Doe; we cannot prove a crime occurred,” said Lindsay Walsh, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney in charge of the case. “In this particular case, there were particular pieces of information missing.”

The DA’s office cited “a significant lack of cooperation by Jane Doe” as a contributing factor in the decision. After the night in question, she declined to speak with investigators.

According to Walsh, McDonald’s fiancée “never used the words ‘choking,’ ‘grabbing,’ ‘punching'” — “anything of that nature” during her interview with police. When police attempted to interview her two days later and take additional photographs, she refused.

Ray McDonald mugshot (courtesy of Santa Clara police)

Ray McDonald mugshot (courtesy of Santa Clara police)

Originally posted August 31, 2014:

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on August 31st for felony domestic violence. According to NFL.com, “McDonald was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail after officers responded to a domestic violence incident, according to documents obtained by NFL Media from the San Jose Police Department.”

According to a police report, on May 25th, McDonald and his fiancee were involved in a prior domestic disturbance:

“An engaged couple (a male and female subject) were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side. When the male subject informed the female subject that he was going to call 911, the female subject put the firearm away and fled without incident. The female subject did not make any threats or point the gun at the male subject.”

Additionally, McDonald has been arrested in the past. In 2010, he was arrested in San Mateo County when he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol for speeding in his black BMW at approximately 94 mph and failed a sobriety test.

As of September 17th, the 49ers have refused to deactivate McDonald and he will continue to play.


Categories: COURT CALL | Crime | Domestic Violence | NFL

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