Purvis Found Guilty

Warren Purvis

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A north Iowa man on trial for sexual abuse is being found guilty on all three counts.
58-Year-old Warren Purvis was charged with first degree sexual abuse, domestic assault – strangulation, and willful injury, after an incident that took place in December of last year with his former girlfriend and roommate at the time.

The trial wraps up after an emotional testimony from the defendant and strong closing arguments from both councils.

“I beat her up and I’m sorry for it. I admit to beating her up,” said Defendant Warren Purvis.

It’s an emotional day in the courtroom as defendant warren Purvis takes the stand.

“She told me she had cheated on me three times and that she had even slept with the guy, what did you do…Got mad and beat her up. I’m sorry,” said Purvis.

He told the court that he and the victim had consensual sex before he got physically abusive.
But that was not what he wrote down in his statement to investigators.

“Then I hit her in the face a few times then made her have sex with me after that I told her I wanted to die”

Purvis claims police officers influenced what he wrote.

“I couldn’t remember anything. I wrote what I’d been told happened,” said Purvis.

In closing arguments, the defense said there is reasonable doubt in this case.
Adding there is not enough evidence and the victim’s injuries are consistent with only consensual sex.

“This should not happened to anyone and this should not happen to someone that you love, but just because you find warren guilty of count 2 or 3 does not mean you find him guilty of count 1,” said Defense Attorney, Susan Flander.

The prosecution argued the evidence supports the victim’s testimony that she was raped.

“This was a mad, raged man who was taking it out on the person he says he loves,” said Cerro Gordo County Attorney, Carlyle Dalen.

The sentencing date has not been set , the judge will send an order out next week for that.
A first degree sexual assault charge carries with it a life in prison without parole sentence .

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