Prosecutors won't pursue robbery charges against ex-Titan Keith Bulluck
Sep 13, 2013 01:58 PM CDT
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
Former Titan Keith Bulluck faced felony robbery charges.
Habib Hashi quit his job at United Cab following the incident.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Citing inconsistencies in the case, prosecutors told a judge they would decline prosecuting felony robbery charges against former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck.
Former United Cab driver Habib Hashi accused Bulluck of ripping a $100 bill from his pocket during a confrontation in front of a Nashville bar in the early morning hours of August 25.
Prosecutor Rosemary Sexton told Judge Aaron Holt "the state at this time in the interest of justice take a nolle at this time." A "nolle" is a legal term meaning prosecution won't be pursued. Sexton cited inconsistencies that came during a meeting with Hashi a day earlier.
Both Bulluck and Hashi appeared in court for Friday's hearing with the former cabbie sitting just three rows behind the former Titans star.
After waiting in court for nearly an hour while other cases were addressed, Sexton's request for a dismissal and the judge's granting of the request took about a minute.
Hashi said afterwards that he "lost his job" at United Cab following the incident and has been spending some time out of state.
Following the hearing, Bulluck told News 2 "justice has been served."
He said, "I knew that at the end of the day, maybe I was the victim... the court system worked out."
As for the night in question, Bulluck talked publicly about the details for first time saying he gave Hashi a $100 bill for a ride to Brentwood.
"The $100 bill was accepted, then the ride denied, therefore I proceeded to take my money from the taxi driver and proceeded about my business," he told News 2.
When asked why the ex-cabbie would press charges, Bulluck said, "I can't speak for him, I am just happy this is all over and I can continue about my life."
Bulluck has been a Titans contributor on Nashville sports radio station 104.5 The Zone and an analyst for three of the Titans preseason games on News 2 this year.
"It's on me to repair my image and get back to work," Bulluck said. He added with a smile, "It's been feeling like a bad football game for the last couple of weeks. Now I'm ready to get back out there."
Bulluck's lawyer Bryan Lewis said "we had an independent witness to corroborate exactly what Keith said."
Hashi was still visibly upset leaving the courtroom and told News 2 he feels like he did not get justice.
"I believe this guy got the money, and can do whatever he want, he is above the law," the ex-cabbie told News 2.
Hashi said prosecutors did not want to get "surveillance camera" that may have been at a bank near where the incident occurred.
"They say he has a witness, and this is the police report and no witnesses named," said Hashi holding up the complaint he filed with investigators the night of the incident.
Hashi's lawyer Michael Rowan said his client's position is that "he had a confrontation as to whether he would give Mr. Bullock a ride, he chose not to because he had two other patrons in his cab, they got into a confrontation, Mr. Bulluck tore his shirt...its my client's position that he took $100 out of my client's shirt and basically left."
The former cabbie brought a torn red polo and white undershirt to court in a plastic bag.
He said they were ripped when Bulluck snatched the $100 bill from him.