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No Charges Filed Against Palffy

Times Staff Writer

The South Bay district attorney’s office decided not to file charges against Ziggy Palffy, citing insufficient evidence in an early-morning Oct. 26 fight involving Palffy and his fiancee that led to the arrest of the King forward.

Palffy was arrested at his Manhattan Beach home on suspicion of domestic battery after police responded to a call at 2 a.m. from his fiancee, Zora Czoborova.

The district attorney’s office, however, viewed the fight as a mutual conflict and could not ascertain who was the primary aggressor.

“I am happy that the district attorney’s office made the right decision,” Palffy said in a statement.

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“It’s unfortunate that a personal matter had to become public but I appreciate everyone’s support and I am glad that I can now put this behind me.”

A Manhattan Beach police department report indicated Palffy and his fiancee sustained minor injuries after an argument escalated into a physical confrontation in the master bedroom of Palffy’s home. Palffy, 31, was scratched on his back, and Czoborova, 36, had red marks on her kneecap and back, according to the report.

Czoborova did not want to press charges when police arrived and did not want to be treated by paramedics, the police report said. She hired a civil lawyer the next day.

Palffy’s lawyer, John Tyre, said the district attorney acted appropriately by not seeking charges.

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“Based upon the investigation of the Manhattan Beach police department and the full cooperation of my client, the D.A’s office did not feel there was not enough evidence to file charges,” Tyre said.

“I’m relieved that Mr. Palffy can go on with his life without the thought of dealing with a criminal case.”

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Goaltender Roman Cechmanek will play three of the next four road games, with Cristobal Huet starting in goal either tonight against the Florida Panthers or Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.... Rookie 18-year-old winger Dustin Brown, who does not have a point but has earned praise for his physical style, will play one of the next two games. “We want to stay true to script,” Coach Andy Murray said. “He’s going to play 40 to 60 games this year. I would be disappointed if it was less than that.”

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