There’s been another postponement in the Slava Voynov domestic assault case.
Per the L.A. Times, the trial date has been pushed back from Apr. 21 to July 6, marking the third such an instance has occurred; the Kings defenseman was originally supposed to go to trial on Mar. 2, then Mar. 9.
As for the key takeaways from today’s session...
-- The next hearing will be on May. 4, per the OC Register. That’s when when Judge Eric Taylor will apparently rule on whether Marta Varlamova, Voynov’s wife and alleged victim, must answer questions from prosecutors.-- Varlamova was on-hand in court for the first time. There were lengthy discussions about Varlamova not wanting to testify; Varlamova’s attorney, Michael Walsh, said “she does not wish to explain or justify the reasons” for not testifying, while Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick argued she had “no right” to refuse, adding there was no spousal privilege at play.
The issue of Voynov’s wife testifying will be decided in the coming weeks. #Kings #NHL
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) April 1, 2015
-- Voynov suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, which will keep him from playing hockey for up to six months. Per LA Kings Insider, Voynov suffered the injury “recreationally” and had surgery last week to repair it. Voynov appeared in court today on crutches and in a cast.
-- No word on what the injury could potentially have on L.A.'s cap situation, or if Voynov could be transitioned to LTIR at some point down the road.
-- Voynov’s legal team now includes Blair Berk, who has previously represented celebrities like Mel Gibson and Bruce Jenner.