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Charges Against Hardy Dropped

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Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed. 

  Prosecutors say that repeated attempts to contact his accuser and former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, were not successful.

Without her testimony, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray says the case could not proceed. Murray also noted that Hardy and Holder have reached a civil settlement.

Hardy was convicted in a bench trial last summer of misdemeanor assault and threatening charges against Holder, but appealed for a jury trial which was scheduled to begin today.

Because of Hardy’s conviction, he only played in one Panthers game but was still paid his salary of more than $13 million. WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn is covering this story and we will have more on the developments during the day.