LOS ANGELES — On November 20, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been charged with one felony count of “corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury” to his wife, Marta Varlamova.
Voynov was arrested during the early morning hours of October 20, but had not been charged until Thursday.
As reported in this space on October 20, according to a press release from the Redondo Beach Police Department, their officers responded to a call at approximately 11:25 PM on October 19 of a “…possible family fight at a residence in the area of the 800 block of Avenue C” in Redondo Beach, Lieutenant Joe Hoffman said in the release.
Hoffman went on to say that “a female could be heard screaming for the past twenty minutes and could now be heard crying.”
Upon arrival, officers “…were able to determine which house the female was likely in, [but]…were unable to contact the female, or anyone else at the residence, and received information that the female may have left in a vehicle prior to the officers arriving,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman stated that the Redondo Beach Police Department was contacted by the Torrance Police Department after they were notified about a female being treated at the Little Company of Mary Hospital emergency room, “…for injuries that were possibly received during a domestic violence incident that had occurred earlier in the City of Redondo Beach.”
Redondo Beach officers responded to the hospital, and after determining that a domestic violence incident occurred in Redondo Beach, they arrested Voynov, who was at the hospital, on suspicion of violating section 273.5(a) of the California Penal Code—Domestic Violence.
Voynov was booked at the Redondo Beach Police Department jail, and was held on $50,000 bail. He was released on bond at approximately 9:00 AM, and is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance on December 1 for arraignment.
If convicted, Voynov, 24, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. The native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, could also face deportation.
In a statement, the District Attorney detailed their allegations against Voynov.
“During an argument at their Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19, Voynov caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck…the injuries were serious and required medical attention at a local hospital where the defendant was arrested.”
Voynov’s attorney, Craig Renetsky, issued a written statement in response to the charge.
“Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the District Attorney’s office elected to file charges,” said Renetsky. “Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence and looks forward to clearing his name in court.”
Varlamova’s attorney, Michael Walsh, also issued a statement.
“Marta was stunned by the news today and she is devastated,” said Walsh. “She did not believe, and does not believe, that her husband intended to injure her and she believes that he is not guilty of any crime. She is worried about her family’s privacy and concerned that she and her family are going to be subjected to ridicule, embarrassment and hatred because of this decision.”
“In fact, she has already seen that beginning to happen,” added Walsh. “It is unfortunate that no one seemed to care what she wants, and that the authorities gave little or no weight to her view of the facts of the case. Despite this unwelcome news, she still expects her husband to be cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.”
While the legal process continues, Voynov has been skating with assistant coach John Stevens after team practices at the Kings’ practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. Under the terms of his suspension by the National Hockey League, he is not allowed to participate in official Kings activities, but he can skate with the coaching staff during non-practice hours.
The Kings issued a statement in response to the District Attorney’s actions.
“We maintain our support of the NHL’s indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov. As an organization, we will continue to closely monitor the developments of the legal proceedings and work in partnership with the NHL to determine the proper course of action in the future.”
“We are aware of the actions taken today in California, which we will review and evaluate before making any decisions,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. “Until further notice, the current terms of Mr. Voynov’s suspension remain in place.”
As Daly’s statement indicates, nothing changes for the Kings. Voynov remains suspended with pay, and his salary continues to count against their salary cap.
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