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Who is Jason Nassour? Austin lawyer indicted with Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody

Nassour and Chody have each been indicted on an evidence-tampering charge in the death of Javier Ambler.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — On Sept. 28, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and Austin lawyer Jason Nassour were each indicted on a charge related to the death of Javier Ambler in March 2019.

Both men were indicted on a felony evidence-tampering charge after video captured in relation to Ambler's death was destroyed, according to "Live PD," which was filming with deputies at the time of the incident. According to Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick, Nassour was booked and released from jail the same day as Sheriff Chody. 

Nassour, an Austin-based lawyer and University of Texas graduate, has served as the general counsel for the Williamson County Attorney's Office from 2017 to August 2020, after the Williamson County commissioners voted to remove his position.

Credit: Austin Police Department

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Nassour also represented Sheriff Chody against the commissioners when they looked into terminating the "Live PD" contract. The court sued Sheriff Chody, claiming he "secretly and illegally" re-contracted with the show after the court terminated their agreement in August.

The lawyer also owns the Austin Radio Network, which includes KOKE FM and 104.9 The Horn.

He ran for Travis County commissioner in 2016, losing to Gerald Daugherty.

The indictments stem from an incident in which Williamson County deputies chased Ambler for 22 minutes after he failed to dim his headlights. The chase ended in North Austin after Ambler crashed his vehicle. As he exited the car, Ambler was Tased. He died a short time later.

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