Assault and kidnapping charges against a Rutherford County commissioner and two businessmen were dismissed in Circuit Court Friday morning.
District Attorney General Bill Whitesell opted to dismiss two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of domestic assault, four counts of extortion and aggravated kidnapping against County Commissioner Matt Young, Murfreesboro businessman Curtis “Bubba” Hutson and Mississippi resident Harvey Felsher. They were accused of choking, burning and threatening Kenneth “Slim Shady” Cooper in a ticket-selling deal gone bad at Hutson’s East Main Street home in July 2012.
The three men were indicted by a grand jury after being arrested and released on $100,000 bond in November 2013.
Also being dropped is a theft charge Young filed against Cooper for taking his pistol in December 2012 when they were still rooming together.
Cooper, who is nicknamed “Slim Shady” and had been friends with Young and Hutson for years, reportedly told police they choked him with a dog collar, burned him with cigarettes and threatened to shoot him after they discovered he gambled away $20,000 they invested in his ticket-scalping business. They found out he lost the money after he gave them phony tickets to a Justin Bieber show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Cooper contended they called Sheriff Robert Arnold to have him arrested after the incident but that Rutherford County detectives refused to arrest him without a warrant. Still, they took him to the sheriff’s office, according to reports.
Cooper served time in Christian County Jail in Hopkinsville, Ky., for assaulting Young in 2012.
Young filed a charge of property theft over $500 against Cooper in December 2012 for taking his Glock .40-caliber handgun without permission, according to an arrest warrant. They were roommates at the time.
Charges in Metro Nashville against Young for selling fake concert tickets were dropped recently. The first-term county commissioner, who works as a Murfreesboro firefighter, was defeated in the May Republican primary.