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Pavlik expects acquittal in domestic-violence case

Published: Thu, December 3, 2009 @ 12:08 a.m.


Michael Pavlik

The domestic-violence charge is a felony because of the victim’s pregnancy.

By Peter H. Milliken

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael Pavlik Jr., brother of middleweight boxing champion Kelly Pavlik, emphatically asserts his innocence and expects to be acquitted of domestic-violence and abduction charges, his lawyer said after his initial court appearance.

“Michael denies each and every aspect of this. We fully believe that, when the facts truly come out, Michael will be exonerated,” said Michael Pavlik’s lawyer, Ben Joltin. “I would ask people not to rush to judgment on this case,” Joltin said. “We will be preparing to fight this to the end.”

In a process fraught with technical difficulties, Michael Pavlik, 33, made his initial appearance by video Wednesday from Mahoning County jail before Judge Robert P. Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court.

The domestic-violence charge is a fifth-degree felony, carrying a potential six to 12 months in prison, and the abduction charge is a third-degree felony, carrying a potential prison term of one to five years.

Judge Milich set bond at $25,000 on each charge and bound the case over to the county grand jury after Pavlik waived his right to a preliminary hearing in municipal court. The judge also ordered Pavlik to have no contact with the alleged victim.

“We want to get this process moving, and we want to be able to put our side out there, and binding it over to the grand jury assists in expediting that process,” Joltin said, adding that he believes his client has no prior criminal record.

Pavlik posted the bond and was released from jail after court Wednesday.

City Prosecutor Jay Macejko said the domestic-violence charge is a felony because of the victim’s pregnancy.

The abduction charge pertains to the alleged restraint of the accuser’s liberty in Pavlik’s Cornell Avenue residence, where the offenses are alleged to have occurred, he added. Pavlik entered no plea in court.

Michael Pavlik is charged with punching a 33-year-old woman in the right eye, throwing her onto a glass coffee table and dragging her across the floor Friday.

The accuser said Pavlik punched her in her nose Saturday, slammed her against a wall and threatened to kill her and himself if she went to the police.

Officers said they observed a black-and-blue right eye, a swollen face, lips and nose and multiple bruises on the accuser’s legs while she was being treated in the St. Elizabeth Health Center emergency room.

Michael Pavlik, who surrendered to police Tuesday, has been a cornerman, team coordinator and media handler for his brother’s boxing enterprise.

Michael Pavlik Sr., the father of the defendant and of the boxing champion, was in court Wednesday, but he declined to comment afterward.


1YMP(3 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Multiple bruises, swollen lip and nose,and black eye. MMM....emphatic innocence??...Maybe he has his own "ghost" that did it... no disrespect to Kelly... It's about time women come forward on this crap!!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Michael Pavlik is sabotaging Kelly's endeavors . The public spotlight is on 24/7 when it comes to Team Pavelik . This is a business that brings lots of money into The Valley . Team Pavelik needs to have regular business meetings for all involved with the business and impress refining their behavior .

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3AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Sorry but it is news. The only aquittal will be if the victim is intimidated not to testify.

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4YMP(3 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

When you are in the public eye-- you do need to watch what you do----all eyes are on you---As far as the victim---this is all up to the district attorney---they have the accounts and have the evidence---they press the charges---she cannot have the charges dropped---however, hopefully out of fear, intimidation, and emotion she won't change her storey. Especially going on the (I'm pregnant--the father of my child--and he promises he'll never do it again....) Unless he gets treament for anger management, counseling and his alcoholism--"his ghost"-- she/he/the baby--- don't have a chance and it will happen again!!

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5Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

GTX this is news and YMP is right about women coming forward on this matter, if this story can at least make one women come forward then it's worth it.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

This kind of activity happens all over the world . It has gone on in the past and it will continue to go on until there is respect for life . It can and should be stopped .

The life within her was a part of Michael Pavlik . What if he had caused a miscarriage ? What if she was maimed and couldn't care for her child when it was born ? He should reflect on that . Let's hope that someone brings him back to his senses .

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7Cappy(4 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

GTX66 You are right if he wasnt Kellys Brother they wouldnt of printed it and noone would care. However he is and thats why it was printed and why people will read it. This is no different than any other local paper. I am a Kelly fan but Kelly has nothing to do with this. His poor wife and family,as soon as hes out of the papers his brother is in. If you have ever seen Mike Pavlik with any of his girlfriends you would bet money on it that he hit her. A group of friends and I were leaving a place on the westside when we saw him whisper thru his teeth in his girlfriends ear while squeezing her upperarm draging her to the car and screaming and shaking her when they got inside. All Because she was talking to to the couple sitting next to them and he said she was flirting with the man. Regardless of what she was doing there is no excuse for that. Im sure other people have seen it to and as in many D.V cases noone says anything because the stupid girl just keeps going back, time and time again. Well this time I hope she learned her lesson and Stays away. Come on people she didnt beat up her self, This girl is about 5'3" and weighs 100lbs soaking wet. Even if she was freaking out on him he could of held her down with one hand while calling 911.

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8Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

It's not yellow journalism. It's just what happens when you are in the public eye. As a person who works for someone who is a public persona now, Pavlik should understand that he is under more scrutiny than the average person. Perhaps he feels his brother's fame and money should privilege his criminal behaviors, and now he will discover that they won't.

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9Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Tigerlily - You beat me to the punch......

The Vindicator has been around since 1869 do you really think one headline will make or break it?

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10YMP(3 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

I think if it was Joe Smith still there are some who would still care however, MOST would "blow it off" because they do not know Joe Smith. But, since Kelly is in the public eye along with his entire family of course they are going to affiliate it. Just like we all do when we tell a story. "Did you hear about so, and so, you know so and so's brother." It will not make or break the vindicator and even though you cannot believe always EVERYTHING you read because it is based on sources, facts AND opinions I agree with tigerlilly, and life's 2 short...he's just trying to cover his butt now hoping THE NAME will pull strings. It has gone on forever but, until more women and witnesses speak out and are not afraid....it will continue...he just better hope nothing happens to that baby...because then he will be fighting murder or manslaughter...pretty sad someone has to be that weak and insecure...to need that much control over someone!

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11joebag09(354 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

The clock is ticking......Kelly will be next. Yes, it's there business, but yes, he is a public figure. It goes with the territory. Sad, but they're all human and the folks here have some problems that need dealt with. Fame and fortune are not going to magically make problems with alcohol and domestic issues disappear!

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12saddad(655 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

" Expects aquittal"! Somebody better tell him that Johnny Cochran died.

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13Cappy(4 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

LOL Saddad!!

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