Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Against 3 Doors Down Bassist

Todd Harrell was involved in confrontation outside convenience store.

When 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell heads out on tour this June with his bandmates, he'll be doing so with a clean police record. On Tuesday, Moss Point, Mississippi, Municipal Court Judge Maxine Lawson-Conway dismissed a simple assault charge filed against the rocker on March 8.

Police issued a warrant for Harrell's arrest after the bassist punched newspaper deliveryman Ronnie Boulware three times in the face and kicked him in the groin (see "3 Doors Down Bassist Charged With Beating Paperboy, 53, Outside Cheap-O Deep-O"). Harrell told cops that Boulware and his wife, Janice, accused him of stealing copies of the Mississippi Press, then became aggressive. Harrell said he acted in self-defense after Boulware blocked him from getting to his car and made threatening gestures.

After being struck several times, Boulware pulled a gun on Harrell and forced him to leave on foot while he held one of the bassist's friends at gunpoint. Police later issued an arrest warrant for Boulware for exhibiting a weapon.

Lieutenant Chuck Coleman of the Moss Point Police Department said Boulware was always considered the aggressor in the case, but the Boulwares filed a complaint, and Mississippi law mandates an arrest warrant be issued to anyone who is hit with an assault complaint.

Boulware was scheduled to go to court Tuesday on the weapons charge, but his case was rescheduled for May 4.

3 Doors Down and Nickelback will embark on a joint headlining tour starting in late June and running through at least the end of July (see "Nickelback, 3 Doors Down Reunite For Summer Tour").