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No charges against Henry's fiancee

Criminal charges will not be filed against the fiancée of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry for her role in the incident that led to his death last month in Charlotte, N.C., police announced Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, police announced there was no evidence that Loleini Tonga was driving a pickup truck recklessly or at an excessive speed when Henry came out of the back of the truck and suffered injuries that resulted in his death.

The truck was driving between 19 and 23 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone, police announced.

"Homicide detectives interviewed Ms. Tonga, who was cooperative throughout the duration of the investigation," police said in their announcement, according to the AP. "Her statement was consistent with witness accounts. However, there were no witnesses that actually saw how Mr. Henry came out of the back of the truck."

Police have described the events on Dec. 16 that led to Henry's death as a domestic situation. He died the following morning. Henry was 26.

Tonga told ESPN that Henry jumped from the back of the truck but was not attempting to harm himself.

"I think he thought maybe he was going to land," Tonga told the television network this week. "He was going to land right. I wasn't going fast. Maybe he was scared because he saw someone calling the police."

Henry was on the injured reserve list and was in Charlotte because Tonga's parents have a home there. Henry and Tonga were raising three children and reportedly were planning to be married in March.

By Mark Maske  |  January 6, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  | Category:  Bengals Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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