Jealousy allegedly drove boyfriend to violence


A man allegedly beat up his girlfriend last Dec. 27 in a fit of jealousy.

Tarell Darnell Murphy, 33, has been charged with domestic violence, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

According to police, three officers responded to the incident at 5:58am on Dec. 27, 2017. The victim was reportedly limping and had a swollen and bruised cheek and had scratch marks on her neckline.

Murphy’s girlfriend told police that an argument between her and Murphy got started due to fits of jealousy. Murphy allegedly sat on her back, placed her in a rear-naked chokehold, and pulled her head so far back that she thought her neck was going to snap.

The victim also reportedly kicked Murphy on the face. She later called her cousin for help.

The victim was taken to CHCC for treatment. Her injuries included a sprained ankle, scratch marks/bruising from her left shoulder to her collarbone, swelling and bruising on her lower forearm (right arm) and slight bruising on her shoulder (backside).

She accused Murphy of being physically abusive with her since the time they got together in February 2017. The victim reported that Murphy becomes aggressive and rowdy when he is angry, that he would punch, slap, shove or pull her, yell at or threaten to physically assault her.

After preliminary investigations at about 6:54am on Dec. 27, Murphy was arrested and brought to the Department of Corrections.

On Dec. 28 at 1:30 pm, Murphy was presented to Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho for a bail hearing. Bail posted was $1,250, which Murphy failed to post. He was remanded back to Department of Corrections.

Preliminary hearing is on Jan. 8, 2018. Assistant attorney general Jonathan Wilbersheid will represent the government, while public defender Nancy Dominski will represent Murphy.

Bea Cabrera | Correspondent
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.

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