An East Moline woman contends she was defending herself when she tore open her boyfriend's scrotum during a December quarrel.
The actions of Brandy Elaine Colton, 35, were both "reasonable and necessary," when, on Dec. 16, she allegedly used her bare hands to rip open the man's scrotum, according to a court notice filed on her behalf Jan. 28.
Her boyfriend was treated and released from an area hospital. Ms. Colton was charged with a Class 2 felony count of aggravated domestic battery in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
The defense notice, filed by her attorney Douglas Scovil, alleges Ms. Colton's boyfriend hit her during the 3:45 a.m. spat and her responding actions were "purely an exercise of defense of self."
An affirmative defense seeks to provide legal justification for a person's actions -- such as using force to ward off an attack or prevent injury -- in the hopes the person will be found innocent of any charges brought against them.
Ms. Colton posted a jail bond in late December and awaits a March 8 pretrial conference.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.