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Police: 'Bachelor' couple Mary Delgado, Byron Velvick fought over visit


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/26/2007 

Should they stay or should they go?

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That was apparently the crux of a disageement between The Bachelor sixth-season lovebirds Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado that eventually led to Delgado's arrest on a domestic battery charge by Seminole, FL authorities.

Delgado and Velvick were at a friends' condominium last Tuesday night when the pair disagreed over whether they should leave the home after the couple they had been visiting with began arguing, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt Jim Bordner told The Tampa Tribune in a Monday report.

While Velvick wanted to leave the condominium, Bordner told The Times that Delgado wanted to stay, and after the pair got into Velvick's truck they "became involved in an argument which turned physical." 

"[Velvick] told deputies she started striking him in the chest [while] he pushed her to her side of the truck," Bordner told The Times.

Delgado, a 40-year-old Tampa resident, then struck Velvick's  mouth -- causing the upper left side of his lip to split, Bordner told The Times.  Velvick went back inside the condominium to clean-up while Delgado waited in the truck, which is when Bordner said the forner The Bachelor star called police.

While The Times reported Velvick didn't want to press charge and also did not want his injuries photographed, Pinellas County deputies still determined a crime had happened and Delgado was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with domestic battery. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail around 12:30AM Wednesday morning and was released on her own recognizance later that afternoon.


Pinellas County Sheriff's Office booking photo



The domestic battery charge against Delgado is a misdemeanor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office subject charge report.  Alcohol was reportedly also a factor.

Delgado and Velvick met during filming for The Bachelor's Fall 2005 sixth-season, which ended with Velvick proposing marriage to Delgado.  While the couple has yet to wed and delayed their wedding plans several times, they've remained engaged over the last three years.

Ironically, the couple's argument came only about an hour after they made an appearance on ABC's Tuesday night broadcast of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.   The special, which was filmed last Friday in Los Angeles, featured eleventh-season bachelor Brad Womack attempting to explain his reasons for rejecting both of his final two suitors -- DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft -- during the Monday night broadcast of The Bachelor's eleventh-season finale.

During the special, Delgado and Velvick said they planned to wed next November.

(Photo credit ABC)


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