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Charges Dismissed Against Nashville Real Estate Developer

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Jul 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:53:03-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Domestic violence charges have been dismissed in the case against Nashville real estate developer David Chase.

The case was dismissed Wednesday afternoon. The 38-year-old was arrested last June after allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend.

His case made headlines after a judge released him from jail before a mandatory 12-hour “cooling-off period.” Police said shortly after being released from jail, he went back home and assaulted the 24-year-old woman a second time.

Chase said the woman fabricated the accusations. He filed an order of protection in July 2014 after claiming the woman “harassed, stalked [and] assaulted him [and made] false statements to police.”

Back in March, his attorneys filed a motion to have the domestic assault case thrown out. They said evidence was lost, destroyed or never collected that proved Chase’s innocence.

His attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Metro government and the officers involved in his arrest, alleging officers violated his civil rights by failing to follow proper police procedures. Chase also claimed the officers used excessive force and then falsely arrested him.

Officials from the District Attorney's Office said the charges were dismissed due to witness credibility issues. 

"Although there was initial probable cause to bring these charges, the state is unable to proceed because of prior inconsistent statements made under oath and other evidence that contradicsts the victim's allegations," said Assistant District Attorney Katy Miller in a press release. 

DA Glenn Funk said his office remained dedicated to prosecuting domestic violence cases.