LOGAN — A judge has refused to release Anthony Charles Murphy again on probation, saying the Smithfield man is a substantial danger to the community. The 51-year-old is awaiting trial in the brutal assault of a woman in 2009.
Murphy is accused of raping the alleged victim after getting into an argument with her over text messages. During previous hearings, 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.
In September 2009, Murphy’s bail was reduced from $75,000 to $35,000, allowing him to be released on pre-trial supervision. At that time, Judge Thomas Willmore ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim and not to consume any alcohol.
Four years later, days before his trial was to begin, Murphy was arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute and assaulting the woman in a Salt Lake motel room. He was later sentenced to serve six-months in jail and transferred back to the Cache County Jail to await his earlier trail.
During Thursday’s bail hearing in 1st District Court, Judge Willmore ruled that Murphey had violated the terms of his pre-trial release while out on bail previously. He ordered him to remain in jail in preparation for his 12-day trial, scheduled to begin April 26.
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