Witness testimony in the Clarence Porter domestic assault trial began Wednesday, as the state called the alleged victim in the case to the stand. Porter’s ex-wife testified that he punched, backhanded, and choked her for the entire duration of approximately a 45-minute trip from Iberia to Linn Creek. She told jurors that Porter even stopped the vehicle on more than one occasion to punch her and choke her, and that she blacked out at one point during the beating. The defense in the case questioned the victim’s inability to accurately recall certain details of the assault, which took place nearly three years ago. They also say that her injuries will not meet the legal definition of “serious physical injury” as required for the charge of first-degree domestic assault. Testimony will continue Thursday in the Camden County Justice Center.
Other notes from day one of testimony:
- Defense alleges that most of victim’s injuries came from “falling down while attempting to run to neighbor’s home”
- Victim says she married defendant in Memphis, Tennessee as a way to keep him away from her family in Iberia, whom she says he had threatened
- Victim says the assault began because defendant believed she was having an affair with a friend of her son
- Medical Professionals, law enforcement expected to testify Thursday….unclear if defendant will take the stand in his own defense.