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, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.