Ray Rice's arraignment in aggravated assault case set for Thursday

An arraignment conference in Ravens running back Ray Rice's felony aggravated assault case is set for Thursday morning at Atlantic County Superior Court, according to a court spokesperson.

The arraignment, which is set for 8:45 a.m., was originally scheduled for April 28 and was pushed back due to Judge Michael Donio's court docket, according to a criminal division clerk.


Rice and, Janay Palmer, whom he married in March, got into a physical altercation on Feb. 15 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., according to police.

Rice and Palmer were both originally facing simple assault-domestic violence charges. After Atlantic City police referred the case to prosecutors for review, the charges were upgraded to the more serious charge of third-degree aggravated assault when Rice was indicted by a grand jury.

Palmer, who was arrested along with Rice the night of the incident, had her case administratively dismissed.

According to the indictment, Rice allegedly did "cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer, and/or did purposely or knowingly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer and/or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, did recklessly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer."

Should Rice be convicted of aggravated assault, Rice could face jail time. However, as a first-time offender, Rice could potentially avoid that outcome through a diversionary program.

Rice and Palmer have been to couples counseling since the incident.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh have both said that Rice will remain with the team.
The NFL is monitoring the legal developments in Rice's case, and a suspension and/or a fine are potential punishments.