A judge made no decision on whether to grant a prominent Nashville contractor a permanent order of protection against his ex-girlfriend.
David Chase filed the petition last month. The same woman accused Chase of beating her on June 8. The case caused an uproar in the community after General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland waived a 12-hour cooling-off period, releasing Chase from jail.
The woman said Chase came back to his apartment and attacked her a second time.
The hearing on Wednesday focused on Chase's petition. In a written statement, Chase claimed his ex-girlfriend stalked and harassed him after they broke up in May. Chase, 37, alleges the woman lied to police so they would arrest him. He then claimed his ex-girlfriend trespassed in his apartment while he sat in jail.
Chase's legal team introduced several pieces of evidence. Attorney Lisa Naylor questioned a digital forensic analyst who extracted data from Chase's phone.
The information indicates the woman, 24, tried hacking his phone while he was in jail.
"To create that screenshot someone would have had to incorrectly enter the password a minimum of 16 times," said Jim KempVanEe, the digital analyst.
The expert retrieved more than 180 text messages sent between the pair. In some of the messages, Chase clearly asks his ex-girlfriend to stay away.
"Please don't contact me again except to tell me all of your things are out of the apartment..." he wrote.
Other texts suggest the woman continued to contact Chase in spite of his requests.
"I know you don't want to hear from me, but I want you to know I've always been 100 percent truthful to you," she wrote.
Other exchanges focused on the popular dating app, Tinder – a source of miscommunication and heartache for both people. The woman said she felt hurt when she knew Chase started seeing someone else – so she messaged two men on Tinder.
Attorney Robin Kimbrough, who represented the woman, asked the analyst to recant other messages.
"Ok, well I missed you, hope you're having fun and work is going well!" Chase texted just days after the couple broke up. Sexual innuendos peppered other conversations.
Tensions escalated the night of the incident.
"I'm scared of the person I felt so safe with," the woman texted on June 8.
Chase's team also showed surveillance video of the woman walking outside Chase's apartment before and after his arrest. Judge Gale Robinson questioned what role the video played in the current case.
"She was using his access card as if she lived there when she didn't," Naylor said.
"Nuh-uh, that's not before the court," Robinson said.
The judge continued the hearing Aug. 18.
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