LOGAN — The trial for 51-year-old Anthony Murphy finished its third day Thursday, as attorneys continued to present evidence they say shows the Smithfield man brutally assaulted a woman in 2009.
Court records show, prosecutors had a third officer who investigated the case take the stand, followed by a doctor who treated the victim. The final two witnesses were a couple that both the defendant and the victim worked for and shared friendships with.
Murphy is accused of raping the alleged victim after getting into an argument with her over text messages. The woman said she went to bed after the argument and was later awakened by the defendant who brutally assaulted her physically and sexually. The assault lasted several hours during which he reportedly threatened to kill her as she begged him to stop.
Murphy was later arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, along with other felony and misdemeanor charges.
During Thursday’s testimony, Murphey’s former employer and friend, who has also helped pay over $120,000 in his legal bills, testified that the victim often acted jealous and unstable. He also testified that she had admitted to lying about prior abuse allegations.
The trial is expected to continue through much of next week.
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