Varlamov, 25, was arrested in October on allegations of felony kidnapping and assault after Denver police said he drunkenly attacked his girlfriend in their downtown Denver apartment.
The district attorney’s office on Friday morning filed a motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor assault charge because further investigation led prosecutors to believe they could not prove the case at trial.
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“That’s not to say we don’t believe our victim,” district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, adding that detectives continued to investigate and reinterviewed witnesses whose statements began to shift. “Most of the time, additional investigation strengthens our case. This time … it became clear we didn’t have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”
www.kerneli.org/power/mo-temporary-power/temporary-power-in-independence-mo/ . Mr. Varlamov will continue to focus exclusively on hockey and his family, and is grateful to the Avalanche ownership, management and coaching staff, his teammates, Colorado Avs fans, the Russian Federation and fellow countrymen for their unwavering support.”
Denver attorney Robert Abrams, who had represented Varlamov’s girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, 24, said Friday he had not spoken to her about the dismissal.
“This is no surprise to me,” he said. “Now that it’s out there I’m sure there will be just as much speculation about the events as there was the day the news broke.”
According to court documents, Vavrinyuk told a detective that the goalie came home drunk, kicked her, knocked her down and dragged her by her hair, telling her in Russian that “if this were Russia, he would have beat her more.”
She said he left her body bruised and scarred.