LOS ANGELES — As first reported by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on October 22, the attorney for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has stated that he doubts that his client has committed a crime, despite having been arrested by Redondo Beach Police on October 20 on suspicion of violating California Penal Code section 273.5(a) – Domestic Violence.
“It’s clear to me there was no crime here,” attorney Craig Renetsky told The Hockey News.
Campbell wrote that Renetzky told him that a language barrier on the parts of Voynov and the alleged victim, “created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident.”
“Hopefully, the police will get that, and we’re hoping the NHL looks at the new evidence and will lift the suspension,” said Renetsky. “What the police will find out when they talk to her is that the action was not related to Mr. Voynov. I can’t go into complete details, but Mr. Voynov never hit the woman.”
“This is really just a pure accident and we’re going to provide them with some additional evidence we hope they’ll present to the District Attorney’s office. And if they do, based on my experience, they don’t have a case.”
“I think if the authorities act properly and do a complete investigation, they will have to find that charges are not warranted.”
Campbell reported that the National Hockey League had no comment on Renetzky’s statements.
That same evening, as first reported by Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office “has requested ‘additional follow-up’ from Redondo Beach police before deciding” whether or not to file charges against Voynov.
The District Attorney’s office reviewed the case on October 22.
Voynov was suspended by the NHL indefinitely, with pay, within hours after his arrest, and before he posted $50,000 bail at around 9:00 AM on the morning of his arrest.
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