The domestic assault case against UFC star Nick Diaz has finally been put to bed (for the minute) as the Clark County, Nevada District Attorney refused to move forward on multiple charges against him, provoking a district judge to dismiss the case “with prejudice” (meaning the charges can’t be re-filed at a later date).
After Deputy District Attorney Bryan Schwartz signalled the state would drop its case, Judge Amy Chelini addressed the DA’s office by saying:
“They couldn’t indict this case. To your credit, you see it for what it is, and you’re doing the right thing, and you’re dismissing the case. The frustrating thing for me is we have a lot of true victims out there and when you see stuff like this, and you take strained resources from the true victims, and it’s frustrating for the court.”
Nick Diaz was arrested in May and initially charged felony domestic battery by strangulation and misdemeanour domestic battery after a woman called the police alleging he’d become violent during an argument and left her with multiple injuries. She also stated Diaz was taking Cocaine prior to the incident.
After the alleged incident, Diaz’s friend and business partner took to social media to defend him, calling the alleged victim “deranged and insane.”
Diaz hired his former attorney, Ross Goodman and claimed he’d been “framed”. The district attorney’s office later added additional battery charges and took the case to a grand jury, which chose not to indict Diaz.
Regardless of the charges being dropped, the case has brought Diaz’s potential UFC return to an abrupt halt. An independent investigation by the promotion has ensued, which is disappointing as Diaz recently had been cleared to compete by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after serving a one-year suspension for a whereabouts failure.
The UFC are currently declining to comment on Diaz’s status.
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