49ers Vindicated? Ray McDonald Won't Be Charged In Domestic Violence Case, Say Prosecutors
The San Francisco 49ers took a lot of heat for not suspending Ray McDonald, as other domestic violence-related cases swirled around the NFL. McDonald was arrested on Aug. 31 following a party at his San Jose home on suspicion of domestic violence involving his fiance.
But following an investigation by the San Jose Police Dept., Santa Clara County prosecutors said today that they have insufficient evidence to charge McDonald. San Francisco Chronicle:
District Attorney Jeff Rosen declined to file charges.
“Conflicting versions of the incident, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses, and a significant lack of cooperation by Jane Doe (McDonald’s fiancée) left investigators uncertain exactly what happened,” Rosen’s office said in a news release.
“All domestic violence complaints deserve our concern, sensitivity and careful review,” Rosen said. “After our thorough review of all the facts, we do not have evidence sufficient to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. McDonald committed a crime against Jane Doe.”
Complicating the issue was the fact that an off-duty San Jose police officer was already on the scene when San Jose police first arrived at McDonald's home. McDonald was celebrating his 30th birthday with friends. Some have said that the 49ers were privy to the details from the beginning, and were confident that no charges would be filed -- thus their reluctance to suspend McDonald.
The 49ers claimed to have enough evidence to convince them to stand by McDonald even after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the penalty for domestic violence incidents would be dramatically stiffened.
"We've handled it the way we felt was best and stated it from the beginning — how we were going to handle it and then have had the patience to carry it out," head coach Jim Harbaugh said recently, while the investigation was ongoing, according to USA Today.
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