Metro Police Chief Upset Suspect Was Released Early

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Metro Police Chief Upset Suspect Was Released Early

CREATED Jun 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A scathing memo from Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson has been getting a lot of attention. He's upset about a prominent Nashville developer accused of beating up his girlfriend, and mysteriously being let out of jail early, only to do it again.

Chief Anderson sent a seven-page memo, blasting General Sessions Court Judge Casey Moreland and others for letting David Chase - of DF Chase, Incorporated - out of jail before his mandatory 12-hour cooling off period was over.

Anderson wants answers as to why the judge made his decision that Chase's case wasn't really domestic violence, only after talking to Chase's attorney, Brian Lewis.

The Chief said he personally spoke to the judge and in his memo wrote, “I certainly resent Judge Moreland's implication, during this conversation, that this is just good ole boys doing what good ole boys do and that I should understand. For the record, I don't understand."

Anderson wrote that anyone who helped Chase waive his cooling off period - even Judicial Commissioner Thomas Nelson who waived the second cooling off period - exposed the victim to even more abuse.

Court documents showed after Chase was let out the first time he returned home, surprised his girlfriend who was trying to pack her things and leave, and attacked her again.

Chase has been developing the new Virgin Hotel planned for Music Row, but all this could make him lose that job.

Someone in Judge Moreland's office told NewsChannel 5 he cannot comment pending the investigation.

Click here to read Chief Anderson's complete memo for yourself.