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Charges Officially Filed Against DE Phillip Merling

National Football Post reports that Dolphins DE Phillip Merling is facing felony charges after hitting his girlfriend in the face:

Miami Dolphins veteran defensive end Phillip Merling is now officially facing felony charges.

The state attorney’s office has gone ahead with charges following Merling being arrested on May 27 for aggravated battery on a victim he should have known was pregnant, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Merling allegedly beat up his pregnant girlfriend. He allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face, causing redness, swelling and a cut on her lip.

Per the report, the 6-foot-4, 304-pounder has pleaded not guilty through his attorney and requested a jury trial.

“This is an emergency, please come help me,” the girlfriend said in her recorded 911 call. “His name is Phillip Merling. He hit me about five times in my face. What is the address? Please come. STOP!”

According to Pro Football Weekly, Merling was on ‘thin ice’ with the Dolphins even prior to the arrest.

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