The city is dropping its domestic violence case against a Billings radio show host charged in March.
Jason Brian Harris, known for his morning radio show, “The Big J Show” on radio station 101.9, was charged on March 18 with one misdemeanor count of partner or family member assault.
Harris was accused of assaulting a woman on the night of March 16.
Officers noted both Harris and the woman had bruising and swelling and admitted to hitting each other.
Officers determined Harris was the primary aggressor, after he told officers he was not afraid of the woman while she said she was “terrified” of him, according to charges.
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In its motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, filed Wednesday, the city noted that attorneys for Harris had not contested probable cause in the case and agreed that probable cause existed for the charge, based on initial evidence presented to the city and the Billings Police Department.
The woman was consulted about the dismissal, the city said.
“Upon consultation with the complaining witness and further review of the evidence, this matter is no longer in the interests of justice to pursue,” the motion said. “The complaining witness agrees.”
No other information was contained about the dismissal and Deputy City Attorney Benjamin Halverson declined to comment.
Harris could not immediately be reached.