The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office today postponed a court hearing on potential felony domestic violence charges against San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald as the investigation continues, the office reported. The district attorney’s office announced on Twitter this morning that a Superior Court judge would set a hearing at a later date on Monday, the day originally considered for McDonald’s possible arraignment if prosecutors decided to file charges.
The investigation into McDonald’s Aug. 31 arrest by police in San Jose on suspicion of domestic violence, with his pregnant fiancée the alleged victim, is ongoing, the district attorney’s office reported. The prosecutor assigned to the McDonald case, Cindy Hendrickson, could not be reached for comment this morning. McDonald, 29, was arrested without incident after San Jose police responded to reports of violence at about 2:45 a.m. in the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive where McDonald lives, police said.
Officers booked McDonald, a defensive end for the 49ers, into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of domestic violence after seeing that his fiancée had visible injuries. He posted bail and was released from jail later that morning. The 49ers permitted McDonald to start for the team last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys and team officials have said he will keep on playing in games while the investigation into the case continues.
The 49ers player’s case has come under focus since the Baltimore Ravens on Monday dropped star running back Ray Rice after a video surfaced showing him punching and knocking out his fiancée inside a hotel elevator. McDonald’s arrest came little more than two days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced he was toughening the league’s personal conduct policy on domestic violence and sexual assault in response to the Rice incident, suspending players for at least six games.
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