Wife of Dolphins Player Brandon Marshall Jailed for Allegedly Stabbing Him in the Gut

April 27, 2011 by David S. Seltzer

As a Miami-Dade domestic violence criminal defense lawyer, I hear from a lot of male defendants who feel they were unfairly discriminated against because of their gender. When both parties to a domestic dispute present different stories to the police and there’s no other witness, officers who can’t or don’t want to do more investigation will sometimes arrest the man just because there’s a stereotype that women don’t commit domestic violence. A high-profile arrest that took place Friday evening here in South Florida turns that stereotype on its head. The wife of Brandon Marshall, a receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested that night and accused of stabbing him with a kitchen knife. Michi Nogami-Marshall, 26, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Brandon Marshall is expected to recover after treatment for a stab wound to the abdomen.

Around 4:40 p.m. Friday, Nogami-Marshall called 911 to request an ambulance, but without giving any details. Responders found Marshall with a stab wound to the abdomen. He initially told police he’d slipped and fallen on broken pieces of a glass vase. However, the officers didn’t believe the story because there was no blood in the area. After she was arrested and read her rights, Nogami-Marshall said she had acted in self-defense. Marshall spent the night in a hospital trauma unit and Nogami-Marshall was taken to jail. The couple has had one previous run-in with police, also for domestic violence, from 2009. Then engaged to be married, they were spotted outside Marshall’s condo in Atlanta punching and kicking one another. They were charged with disorderly conduct, but those charges were eventually dismissed. A former girlfriend of Marshall’s, Rasheedah Watley, has told ESPN he choked and stabbed her, and Marshall completed anger management classes in Denver after a domestic violence arrest there.

I suspect there’s more to the story than the media has been able to report. Marshall has acknowledged his trouble controlling his temper in the past, and the Atlanta arrest suggests that both spouses have a history of physical fighting. For Nogami-Marshall’s Fort Lauderdale domestic violence defense attorney, the key question will be whether she was acting in self-defense, as she claimed, or attacking her husband. Unfortunately, it looks like there are no other witnesses to the dispute. This is a common problem in domestic violence cases, because most incidents leading to domestic violence arrests happen behind closed doors. That means police officers and prosecutors have to use their judgment on whose story they think is more believable — or which person they think is most credible. As a South Florida assault criminal defense lawyer, I defend clients aggressively from unfair gender stereotypes or other bad assumptions by police, forcing them to use the evidence and nothing else to make their case in a court of law.

If you’re accused of a domestic violence crime in Florida, you face jail, anger management classes, restrictions on your right to own a gun and more. To protect your rights, you should call Seltzer Law, P.A. as soon as possible. You can reach our attorneys 24 hours a day and seven days a week at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) or send us an email today.