Specialized Investigations Division detectives with the Metro Nashville Police Department Monday afternoon charged a 22-year-old Antioch woman with extorting $5,000 from Tennessee Titans wide receiver Damian Williams.
Shelley Anne David, of Brentridge Place, is charged with one count of extortion and is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. She was taken into custody in a parking lot at 31st and West End avenues after allegedly meeting with Williams and receiving a $5,000 cashier’s check from him. The meeting was monitored by undercover police officers.
David is alleged to have demanded the money in exchange for not appearing in court to testify against Williams in regard to a domestic assault complaint she had made.
David called police to her Antioch apartment at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and alleged that she and Williams had been involved in an argument at his West Nashville apartment in the early morning hours of Friday, June 3, after she, Williams and others returned from a nightclub.
Police said that David said that during the argument, Williams allegedly grabbed her by the arms to remove her from his bedroom/bathroom area and that she received bruises to her body as a result. The officer who responded to David’s apartment on June 4 noticed bruises and took David to the Domestic Violence Division. She was unsure whether she wanted to prosecute, police said. However, due to her allegations and evidence of bruises, an officer took out a misdemeanor assault warrant on David’s behalf. Efforts to locate Williams on June 4 were not successful.
In the succeeding days, the police department and the district attorney’s office learned that David had sent Williams several text messages, including a message on the evening of June 4, in which she allegedly asked for money in exchange for not pursuing the assault case. The district attorney’s office put the assault warrant against Williams in an inactive status while the matter was further investigated, police said.
Monday morning, in the presence of detectives, Williams placed a telephone call to David to arrange a meeting for the payment of $5,000. After receiving the check Monday afternoon, David gave Williams a signed note saying that she would not appear in court against him.
After reviewing the circumstances and taking into account David’s credibility issues, the district attorney’s office Monday cancelled the assault warrant, police said.