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Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna released on bond

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was released on bond Monday after being arrested over the weekend on domestic abuse charges. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was released on bond Monday after being arrested over the weekend on domestic abuse charges. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 1 (UPI) -- Marcell Ozuna, an outfielder with the Atlanta Braves, has been granted bond after being arrested and charged over the weekend on allegations of strangling his wife.

Ozuna was released from Georgia's Fulton County Jail on Monday after posting a $20,000 bond that was set earlier in the day during the athlete's first hearing in connection to the charges, WSBTV reported.

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The 30-year-old was arrested Saturday by officers who were responding to a call of an assault in progress in northwest Fulton County, which is just north of Atlanta.

According to police, Ozuna was allegedly strangling his wife, Genesis, by the throat and then threw her against a wall when officers arrived. He was charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and family violence.

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During the court appearance Monday, Lars Anderson, Ozuna's attorney, told the court they understand the gravity of the charges.

"I respectfully submit that there are other and additional facts, that will come out that will put this incident in a more proper perspective," Anderson said.

The bond was granted despite Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Simone Hylton asking for one not be made but Ozuna's wife had an attorney state that she wanted her husband released due to their children.

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As conditions of his bond, Ozuna is to have no contact with his wife but he can with his children through a third party.

The Atlanta Braves issued a statement following Ozuna's arrest, stating it fully supports MLB's policy on domestic violence, "which stresses to the fullest that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form."

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