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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.