Anthony Murphy takes the stand in brutal assault trial

Anthony Murphy listens to his attorney Shannon Demler during Murphy's jury trial in Logan on Thursday morning. Murphy is accused of assaulting a woman in 2009.

LOGAN — Anthony Murphy took the witness stand Tuesday afternoon telling the jury, the allegations that he brutally assaulted a Smithfield woman were impossible and didn’t happen.

The 51-year-old testified for more than two hours, telling jurors he never did the things that the victim claimed. He gave a different account about the events on May 31, 2009, and said the victim attacked him with a knife that night, cutting him in the shoulder. Murphy said the victim lunged at him with a kitchen paring knife after he jokingly told her, he was going to sleep with a woman who had been sending him text messages. He described his relationship with the victim as being good in the beginning but later full of jealousy. He said, he often had to call the police because he couldn’t control her.

Murphey’s testimony came after the prosecution rested its case.

Earlier in the day, jurors were shown photos of the victim and two other women who also claimed Murphy abused them in similar ways. A forensic nurse testified that the photographic evidence all substantiated the women’s stories.

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.

The trial is expected to conclude Wednesday.

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