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Nashville Contractor Accused Of Attacking Girlfriend A 2nd Time After Early Release

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Nashville Contractor Accused Of Attacking Girlfriend A 2nd Time After Early Release

CREATED Jun 12, 2014
by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In 2012, domestic violence made up nearly half of all crimes reported against people in Davidson County. It's a reality victims live with every day, but an extreme case last weekend highlights a problem advocates say has to be fixed.

Early Sunday Metro Police arrested David Chase, of major Nashville contractor firm D.F. Chase, for attacking his girlfriend. The officer told the woman Chase would be held for a 12-hour "cooling off" period but he wasn't.

Court documents show even though the 37-year-old was supposed to remain in custody until Sunday night, General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland had the hold waived.

Moreland told the Tennessean it's a decision he now regrets saying Chase's attorney, Bryan Lewis, claimed the couple wasn't dating, and the woman showed up unannounced so it wasn't really a case of domestic violence.

After only a couple of hours in jail Chase returned to his Elliston Place apartment and attacked her again this time pushing, choking and yelling, "you ruined my life, I'm going to kill you, I'm going to throw you out the balcony."

Chase smashed her phone and tablet during the attack as she attempted to call for help.

The woman was finally able to break free, and get to the safety of a neighbor's apartment.

Even after going to jail a second time his twelve hour hold was waived again.

Assistant District Attorney Tali Rosenbulm will represent the state in the case against Chase, and says a domestic violence suspect should only be let out early if the judicial commissioner knows the victim is in a safe place.

"At the point where he's been arrested he's, if he was mad before and assaulted her, he's real mad now,” Rosenbulm said. "But if he finds that the defendant is a threat then the holding period is mandatory."

Cathy Gurley with You Have the Power, an advocacy group for crime victims, says only two positive things could come from such a brutal attack.

"A cooling off period should be mandatory,” Gurley said. "The only positive that we can hope for is that one this victim heals, and two the outrage that we are seeing from our community makes this mandatory."

Both Lewis and Moreland did not respond to our request for comment Thursday.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson released the following statement:

“I am very concerned that 12-hour holds for this particular defendant were waived after two separate domestic violence incidents on Sunday. I have expressed my dismay to Judge Moreland, as the arrest warrant affidavits in both matters clearly articulated that, indeed, alleged acts of domestic violence were involved. In my view, the 12-hour hold policy should have been enforced, as we had promised the victim. As I stated in my message to Judge Moreland, if 12-hour holds are going to be routinely waived in the future, there is a need for the police department to inform victims of domestic assault that this promise cannot be relied upon and that they should act accordingly.”

Chase now faces domestic assault, aggravated assault, vandalism and interference with a 911 call. He’s due in court June 26th.

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