Former Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic abuse trial was supposed to start this morning, but the case was dismissed when Hardy's accuser, Nicole Holder, did not show up to testify.

Hardy was convicted on counts of assault and communicating threats by a district judge last summer, but was assigned a jury trial after appealing that conviction. Prosecutors said that multiple attempts to contact Holder have failed, and so the case was dismissed this morning before the trial even started.

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It is also being reported that Hardy reached some sort of civil settlement with Holder, though details of the settlement are not yet known:

Holder did testify at Hardy's initial trial, where she claimed that Hardy slapped her, choked her, and threatened to kill her. "I was so scared, I wanted to die," she said at the time. "When he loosened his grip slightly, I said, 'Just do it. Kill me.'"

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[Charlotte Observer]