26-year-old Carl Howse was charged with aggravated assault by strangulation when he impeded his ex-girlfriend’s breathing, put a gun to her head, and threatened to kill her while she was talking to a 911 operator.
On September 27th, Metro Nashville Police Officer Chase Harriman made contact with Davianna Hyde at her apartment after a 911 call had been placed. Hyde told Officer Harriman that she and Carl Howse used to be in a dating relationship. She stated that she and Howse got into an argument outside of her apartment and Howse smacked her in the side of her face.
Hyde said that she walked away and returned to her apartment to continue cooking. Howse followed Hyde into the apartment and attacked her in the kitchen. Hyde said Howse punched her and put his hands around her neck. She stated the fight moved to her bedroom where Howse held her down on the bed by her neck with one hand and pulled a gun and put it to her head with the other hand.
Hyde said she called 911 during the altercation. According to the affidavit, the 911 operator recorded Howse saying “quit before I kill you.” Hyde had petechiae marks on her neck near her collarbone consistent with being choked. Howse told Officer Harriman that he and Hyde had only been play-fighting and that she inflicted injury on herself only to get him into trouble. Howse had multiple scratch marks on his face stating that were from her fingernails.
Howse admitted to officers that he had been drinking and claimed that Hyde had also, although Howse appeared to the officers to be intoxicated. Howse stated, after being placed into custody, that there were multiple witnesses that would say that Hyde harmed herself, although none were available for officers to interview. Howse was determined to be the primary aggressor due to the physical evidence on Hyde’s neck and the threat that was made on the 911 call.
Carl Howse was arrested and charged with aggravated assault by strangulation. His bond was set at $25,000.