The domestic violence case against the Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been dismissed after his accuser no-showed in court.
It has been rumored that Hardy arrived at an undisclosed settlement with one-time girlfriend Nicole Holder but since she did not show up to testify on Monday’s court date, a judge dismissed the charges against the 26-year-old defensive end.
Hardy was convicted of abuse in June of 2014 and his appeal of the conviction was set to begin Monday. Under North Carolina law his appeal set aside the conviction and now with the dismissal of the case, his conviction is overturned.
Miss Holder has been avoiding subpoenas and has repeatedly said that she does not want to continue to be involved in any court case against the player. The district attorney says she has been purposefully avoiding subpoenas and has refused to assist the state in the case against Hardy.
Despite the set back, Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray said that his office will stay committed to prosecuting cases of domestic violence.
Neither the player nor Miss Holder have issued a statement on the dismissal of the case.
Hardy, a 6th-round pick for the Panthers in 2010, has been on the NFL exempt list since mid-September pending the results of the legal actions against him.
The NFL, though, has said that Hardy won’t be reinstated immediately. “His status remains unchanged until we fully review the matter,” the NFL said in a statement on Monday.
The team is also staying silent on the case until it has further information.
NFL analysts expect the Panthers to take a pass on Hardy once he becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 10. The pass rusher posed impressive double-digit sack seasons in both 2012 and 2013.
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