Woman claims tearing open boyfriend's scrotum was 'reasonable and necessary'

Originally Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 6:18 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 05, 2013, 3:09 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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.


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