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Alleged Victim Speaks Out in Domestic Violence Case -- John Dunn

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:33 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A prominent Nashville contractor charged with domestic violence is now on house arrest. The controversy surrounding his case continues.

On Wednesday there was dramatic testimony from the alleged victim who says she thought she was going to die. There are also new calls for a Nashville judge to resign.

David Chase appeared in court Wednesday fighting a DUI charge, but a recent case of domestic violence took center stage. "He pushed me on the bed and started choking me," says the alleged victim.

We can't reveal the name or show the face of the alleged victim, but she describes a frightening experience inside a Nashville apartment building. "I was trying to get him off me, but he was too strong. I couldn't breathe and I just kind of gave up. I thought I was going to die," says the alleged victim.

David Chase was arrested early in the morning and taken to jail. While many domestic violence suspects are held for at least 12 hours, Chase was released about three hours later, and allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend once again. "He told me that he wanted to kill me, and he hated me, and he was going to throw me off the balcony," says the alleged victim.

There is controversy surrounding Nashville Judge Casey Moreland, who took a call from Chase's former attorney, and then allowed the contractor to make bond. Davidson County's Republican Party chairman is the latest to call for Moreland's resignation. "The bottom line is the days of the nod and the wink at city hall are over, and they've got to be over," says chairman Robert Duvall.

We are also learning that David Chase may have been drunk  with a 0.3 blood alcohol content on the night of the alleged attack.      

Chase will now be on house arrest with exceptions for work, church, and court. He will also be monitored for alcohol and by GPS. His attorney plans to plead not guilty to all charges. "There are obviously two sides to this story, and we will vigorously defend the allegations against him, and we'll see what happens," says attorney Rich McGee.

Prosecutors had hoped to have Chase's bond revoked, which would send him to jail until his trial. They will try again next week when David Chase comes back to court for his first domestic violence hearing.

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