San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office.
Miller, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Monday at 1:30 p.m. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.
“Even relatively minor domestic violence incidents can be the first steps on a path that ends in tragedy,” said Jim Demertzis, who supervises the District Attorney’s Family Violence Unit. “That’s why we take all domestic violence cases seriously.”
Miller was originally arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse faces no charges on that allegation. Instead, he will face a charge in connection with allegedly throwing her phone against a wall.
“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s developments involving Bruce Miller and will continue to monitor these legal proceedings closely,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
Miller has not been participating in the 49ers’ voluntary offseason program due to the ongoing investigation, Baalke revealed recently. The 49ers and Miller have decided that they'll remain apart as the legal process proceeds toward a conclusion, according to sources.
The charge comes after an investigation of an argument between Miller and his girlfriend, during which the defendant threw her cell phone against a wall of a nearby business, according to the DA’s office.
According to the investigation, the alleged victim and Miller were arguing in a parking garage at the Rivermark Hyatt House in Santa Clara. The victim originally told police Miller pushed her out of the vehicle before he grabbed her cell phone and smashed it.
Miller’s girlfriend, who refused medical attention, did not sustain any visible injuries or have any complaint of pain, according to the report. In a later interview, she denied that there had been any physical contact during the incident. The investigation determined it was inconclusive whether Miller pushed his girlfriend from the parked car
An independent witness, who was sitting at a nearby bagel shop, told police she saw Miller and his girlfriend exit the garage on foot as they argued. The witness saw Miller throw a cell phone against a wall. The witness allowed the alleged to use her phone to call police.