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Broward County State Attorney won't file charges vs. Jarvis Landry

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The Broward County (Florida) State Attorney's Office on Tuesday declined to file charges against Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in relation to an alleged domestic violence incident in March.

An investigation determined there was "no reasonable likelihood" of a conviction. The case involved an encounter between Landry and Estrella Cerqueira, the mother of their daughter.

"The victim maintains that the defendant did not intent to touch her (or) strike her, but accidentally did so," said a memorandum filed Monday by assistant state attorney Stefanie Newman.

There were no witnesses to the encounter at Landry's residence, and video surveillance appeared to corroborate Cerqueira's account, the prosecutor said.

"I am very thankful that this matter is over and my family and I can put this behind us now," the wide receiver said in a statement. "I greatly respect and appreciate the Broward County State Attorney's Office for their hard work and thorough investigation into this matter and I am thankful that they were able to come to a conclusion that reaffirms the true facts that no crime was committed.

"My daughter's mother and I will continue to co-parent to raise our child in a happy and healthy environment. I would like to thank my family and friends for their continued support throughout this process."

Cerqueira released a statement in early August via a publicist to NFL Network, saying that she had a vocal disagreement with Landry in March and that police were called, although she did not call them.

Cerqueira also said in the statement that "there were no criminal charges" and that she "was not in any way physically harmed."

The Dolphins' front office notified the NFL when it became aware of the investigation this spring, ESPN reported previously. Landry was up front with the team, as far as it knows, as soon as the altercation occurred.

Under the NFL's personal conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to suspend players without criminal convictions. The league amended the policy three years ago to strengthen punishments in domestic cases.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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