Retired lesbian basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw pleaded not guilty on Thursday to six charges for allegedly chasing down her ex girlfriend, smashing her car window, pouring gas inside and firing a shot.
On Feb. 27, a grad jury returned a six-count indictment against Holdsclaw for the Nov. 13 incident. Holdsclaw is charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, Criminal Damage in the First Degree, two counts of Criminal Damage in the Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. But on Thursday Holdsclaw, who was released on bond, entered a not guilty plea during a hearing in a Fulton County courtroom, according to WSB.
The case has gained national media attention, including coverage from TMZ:
WNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw insists she’s no violent gun-slinging psychotic ex-girlfriend … pleading not guilty to aggravated assault after allegedly firing a gun inside her ex-GF’s car.
Holdsclaw attorney Ed Garland told USA Today last month that his client intended to plead not guilty.
“Our position is that she is not guilty of having committed any assault upon Ms. Lacy,” Garland told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday evening. “The events occurred after an emotional situation between the two of them. She did assault the car itself and damage the car with the baseball bat and firing the gun; however, there was no assault on Ms. Lacy.
Holdsclaw’s ex, current WNBA player and former Atlanta Dream member Jennifer Lacy, told police that Holdsclaw approached her at a church on Ponce de Leon Avenue as she worked out. Holdsclaw asked for the keys to her Range Rover to place some items inside, Lacy said yes and that’s where things went south.
“Ms. Lacy stated that after she left the church, she smelled an odor of gasoline inside her vehicle. Ms. Lacy stated that as she drove away, she noticed that Ms. Holdsclaw was following her. Ms. Lacy stated that as she drove, she called a friend because she was scared,” according to an Atlanta police report.
Lacy drove to a friend’s house, only to have Holdsclaw approach the vehicle swinging a bat. After she allegedly smashed two windows of the Range Rover, Holdsclaw brandished a handgun and fired inside the vehicle. Police tell WSB that Holdsclaw possibly fired the shot in an attempt to ignite the gas and spark a fire.
Holdsclaw did not comment to WSB after Thursday’s hearing.
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