Boston Bruins star Milan Lucic’s trial begins this weekend

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

By Nicole Townsend

In court Friday, an assault case against Boston Bruins veteran Milan Lucic took place
after a 911 call made by his wife on the night of the alleged assault. The Bruins veteran
was arrested last fall, on November 18, 2023, on assault and battery charges after an
incident at his Boston apartment with an intimate partner and, several days after the
incident, pleaded not guilty.

According to NBC10 Boston, a police report stated that officers responded to Lucic’s
residence after a woman called 911 saying that her husband attempted to choke her.
Later, the woman identified her husband as Lucic.

Also, according to the police report, “Lucic was upset over a cellphone, and at one
point, he allegedly grabbed his wife’s hair and pulled her back, telling her she wasn’t
going anywhere.”

“Lucic’s wife told police that during the night, her husband couldn’t locate his phone
after returning to the apartment after a night out. She said he began yelling at her,
demanding his phone back, believing she had hidden it. She told him she didn’t have
his phone and didn’t know where it was. That’s when the assault occurred.”

When police officers asked Lucic’s wife if he had strangled her, she reportedly said no.
The officers also reported that Lucic seemed under the influence and told them that
“nothing has happened” but refused to explain further, and that’s when he was then
arrested.

Police officers stated that they also saw a broken lamp on one of the nightstands inside
the Boston apartment and what appeared to be a little bit of broken glass on the floor.
On January 19, 2024, a pretrial hearing was held, and Lucic’s attorney requested a
bench trial, expressing how his client had a right to a jury trial.

In court Friday, Assistant District Attorney Samuel Jones called the 911 operator from
that call as a witness. Although Lucic was in the courtroom, his wife declined to testify,
practicing her spousal privilege.

Lucic’s defense argued the 911 call shouldn’t be applicable because they claimed that
she had time to fabricate her statement to the 911 operator when it took her to go
downstairs to make the 911 call. Also, the defense stated that his wife told police the
red marks found on her chest were not from Lucic attempting to strangle her.
The hockey player was dismissed from the charges against him after filing a motion to
use the 911 call made by his wife on the night of the alleged assault.