FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – The Fulton County District Legal professional’s workplace has determined to not cost Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna with a felony after his arrest in Might over allegations of home violence.
In court docket paperwork obtained by FOX 5, District Legal professional Fani Willis determined to cost Ozuna with battery and easy assault, each misdemeanors. Ozuna was initially charged with aggravated assault, strangulation – which is a felony.
Ozuna is accused within the paperwork of inflicting “seen bodily hurt” and strangling his spouse, Genesis Ozuna, at their house in Sandy Springs on Saturday, Might 29.
An announcement from the Sandy Springs Police Division mentioned officers entered a house the place the entrance door was open and heard screaming from inside. Officers mentioned they noticed Ozuna grab his wife by the neck and throw her in opposition to a wall, along with placing her with a solid on his injured left hand.
Police mentioned the sufferer had seen accidents however was not taken to the hospital.
In his preliminary look in court docket, attorneys mentioned the couple was within the technique of divorce. Genesis Ozuna was arrested on a home violence cost in Miami a 12 months in the past after slicing Marcell Ozuna’s face by throwing a cleaning soap dish at him.
Speaking to FOX Sports Radio, officers with the Sandy Springs Police Division mentioned that they have been unaware of the change in fees from a felony to a misdemeanor.
“That is one thing that might solely be finished by the Fulton County District Legal professional’s Workplace,” Sgt. Salvador Ortega mentioned. “As soon as we obtained the warrants and made the arrest, the case was turned over to them for prosecution.”
Ozuna might face a protracted suspension by Main League Baseball, which is investigating underneath the joint home violence coverage in place between MLB and the gamers’ union.
He was already on the injured listing and anticipated to be out for greater than a month after dislocating two fingers on his left hand whereas sliding throughout a sport at Boston. He was seen carrying a brilliant yellow solid in video of his court docket look.
Ozuna re-signed with Atlanta after a stellar first season with the Braves in 2020, agreeing to a $65 million, four-year deal. He batted .338, led the Nationwide League with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, and completed sixth in NL MVP balloting.
He was off to a gradual begin this season, hitting simply .213 with seven homers and 26 RBIs on the time of his harm.
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The Related Press contributed to this report.