Woman Allegedly Assaulted Twice in Same Day -- John Dunn
Updated: Thursday, June 12 2014, 10:38 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Questions are swirling after a domestic assault suspect is released, and allegedly strikes again.
The woman thought her ex-boyfriend was behind bars, but just three hours after his arrest police say he came back. It is raising new concerns about Tennessee's cooling off period in domestic violence cases.
Judges have the option of making a domestic violence suspect stay in jail for at least 12 hours, but in this case it seems the judge had other ideas.
An apartment on Elliston Place is home to a well-known Nashville contractor. David Chase was arrested on Sunday after his ex-girlfriend claimed he assaulted her. Police told the woman he would be in jail for at least 12 hours, but that is not what happened.
Victim advocates are very disturbed by what allegedly happened next. Police say David Chase bailed out of jail about three hours after he was arrested, returned to the apartment, and once again assaulted his girlfriend. Court affidavits claim he choked her and threatened to kill her. "I can't even begin to imagine what she went through on Sunday," says victim advocate Cathy Gurley with You Have the Power.
Tennessee law allows a 12 hour cooling off period for domestic violence suspects, but it appears Nashville Judge Casey Moreland allowed the cooling off period to be waived.
Moreland reportedly received a phone call from David Chase's attorney saying there was no domestic relationship involved. Moreland has since told reporters in retrospect he made a mistake, and he hates what happened.
Cathy Gurley leads "You Have the Power," a victim advocacy group. She has studied the 12 hour cooling off period and says it's time to make it mandatory in Tennessee, without exception. "We need to get in front of it. We need to have consistency. We need to hold all of the parties involved accountable," says Gurley.
Even after David Chase's second arrest, his 12 hour hold was waived once again. Metro's Police Chief says he is very concerned. The DA's office is making inquiries, and David Chase is out of jail.
We reached out to David Chase, his attorney, and Judge Moreland on Thursday. None of them returned our calls. Chase will be in court next week, and prosecutors will ask the judge to revoke his bond.
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