Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will stand trial on domestic violence charges, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled Monday. The judge determined after a preliminary court hearing there was strong enough evidence that Voynov, 24, should be tried. An arraignment was set for Dec. 29.
Voynov punched, choked and kicked his wife before pushing her into a wall-mounted flat-screen TV in the couple’s Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19, according to the testimony of a Redondo Beach police officer. Voynov’s wife suffered a gash over left eye that required eight stitches to close.
Voynov was suspended with pay by the NHL on Oct. 20. He pleaded not-guilty to one count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury, a felony. He remained free on bail.
Redondo Beach police officer Gregory Wiist offered the first detailed account of what happened between Voynov and his wife, Marta Varlamova, In graphic testimony, Wiist said he first questioned Varlamova at Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance. She told the officer she had argued with Voynov at a Halloween party and then he punched him in the face when things escalated.
After departing for home in a taxi, the two continued to argue, according to the officer’s testimony. Wiist said Varlamova told him that Voynov pushed her to the floor, kicked her and choked her. Voynov then shoved his wife into the TV, opening a gash. It was only at this point, the officer said, that the player became concerned.
“It wasn’t until then that the attack stopped,” Wiist said Varlamova told him.
The pair sought medical attention at the hospital. Wiist arrived after Torrance police contacted their Redondo Beach colleagues. Wiist said he tape-recorded an interview with Varlamova at the hospital and then, upon returning to the residence, conducted a second taped interview with the woman. Voynov was taken into custody in the early-morning hours of the 20th, the officer said.