No charges will be filed in the domestic violence case against 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald because of insufficient evidence, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney's office.
"Conflicting versions of the event, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation from Jane Doe, we cannot prove a crime occurred," said Lindsay Walsh, the Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney in charge of the case. "In this particular case, there were particular pieces of information missing."
McDonald was arrested on August 31 on suspicion of domestic abuse for an alleged incident at his home. Police reported seeing "visible injuries" on a person who is assumed to be McDonald's fiance.
A portion of the 911 call was made public after the arrest. "Her fiancé was hitting her," the caller said. "He was trying to pull her out of the house. She's 10 weeks pregnant and refusing medical."
Walsh said McDonald's fiance admitted that McDonald struck her at during his 30th birthday party. Numerous 49ers players were in attendance, who all said they didn't see anything while they were there.
"I am confident in our decision," said Walsh. "We really don't know what happened between the two parties."
McDonald has been allowed to play this season while the case was investigated. He has 24 tackles on the season, including two tackles for loss.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed