Berry Hill charges against CRE execs dismissed

Parties not talking after expungement

Criminal charges against two commercial real estate executives and their wives stemming from an incident at a Berry Hill bar were dismissed Tuesday morning.

Affidavits by the Berry Hill Police Department described a dustup last October at M.L. Rose that involved Whitfield Hamilton, a principal at Panattoni Development, and his wife Teresa Ellis, as well as Ray Hensler, president of Corner Realty, and his wife, Kindy.

A third woman, Elizabeth Lindsey, also was arrested during the incident, during which police allegedly used pepper spray on several of the subjects.

Ray Hensler was subsequently charged with assault of an officer, public intoxication and resisting arrest, while Hamilton faced charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Kindy Hensler, Lindsey and Ellis all were arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

The cases had been set for trial at 9 a.m. Tuesday but were dismissed prior to that time. An expungement order was signed by the Davidson County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday morning. Pursuant to that order, the DA's Office couldn't release any information regarding the dismissal, said spokeswoman Susan Niland.

Defense attorney David Raybin, who represented Ray Hensler, said he also couldn't comment on specifics of the dismissal.

David McGahren, a top broker at Cassidy Turley, also was arrested for public intoxication on that October night, but had his charge dismissed soon after.