The marriage application for Ray Rice and Janay Palmer is public record, so we obtained a copy from the Baltimore County Circuit Court to see when they applied.
The document sheds some light on a timeline. We know the couple applied for the marriage license on March 19, 2014, eight days before Rice was indicted on aggravated assault.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court in Baltimore County gave us a copy of the marriage application. It shows the date and tells Rice and Palmer they have six months to marry, but the court has not gotten final word from an officiant.
Last Thursday, a Grand Jury indicted Rice on third degree aggravated assault charges.
He married Janay Palmer on Friday. Rice is accused of knocking out Palmer at an Atlantic City casino. He is seen on videotape dragging her from an elevator.
David Irwin, a defense attorney in Maryland, helps us understand how the marriage may affect Rice's legal battle.
"I think that should make a big difference in how the prosecution evaluates their case. And I also think it should make a huge difference in how the public perceives the case. And I think it should make a big difference in the result,” said Irwin.
Irwin says New Jersey law does not prevent Palmer from testifying. Palmer and Rice were both originally charged with simple assault in the case, but the charges against her were dropped while a Grand Jury elevated the charges against Rice. The couple has a daughter.
In a written statement, the Ravens say “We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”
No word yet on if the NFL will take disciplinary action.