Nick Diaz Avoids Bail Increase In Domestic Violence Case
While Nick Diaz wasn’t in court on Tuesday, his lawyer was for the first hearing for his May domestic violence charge.
The Clark County District Attorney’s office presented a two-page criminal complaint in Las Vegas, stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident on May 24 that ended in Diaz’ arrest.
The prosecution attempted a bail increase of $100,000 due to the sever nature of the alleged act by the UFC fighter, but Ross Goodman, Diaz’ attorney, countered that the alleged victim’s story was not consistent with the woman’s injuries.
Judge Amy Chelini would refuse the request, claiming she “can’t fathom” a reason to increase Diaz’ bail, and agreed with Goodman that there were inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story that would need to be proven at trial. Judge Chelini added Diaz shouldn’t be punished based on his job as a pro fighter.
“I don’t care,” she said. “He’s going to be treated the same way everybody else is.”
Diaz is accused of one count of battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison; and one count of battery constituting domestic violence, a misdemeanor punishable by fines, counseling and community service.
Diaz remains free on an $18,000 bond and is next due in court on July 10th, and is not allowed to have any contact with the woman in question.
According to a domestic violence report, police were called to a Las Vegas house on May 24 and found the woman “visibly in a large amount of pain” … “who could not walk.” The woman claimed she’d been assaulted by Diaz after an argument over Diaz’s infidelity. Diaz, she said, had been using cocaine over the past several days and had previously gotten violent. The woman’s name is being withheld by MMAjunkie.
During the argument, Diaz allegedly grabbed the woman by the head and slammed her to the ground and slammed to the ground, injuring her hip.
A friend of Diaz would confirm an argument between the two, but claimed the alleged victim was the aggressor, and an officer who took the victim’s statement claimed she changed her story from the initial report.
A business partner of Diaz made a claim that the woman in question was a stalker, who is “deranged and insane.”
Initial Report: MMA Junkie