A Godfrey man was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated domestic battery during a trial in Madison County Court. 39 year old Scottie Musgraves of the 500 block of Grace will be sentenced at a later date, but was out on parole from federal prison on drug charges when the crime took place.
A jury took about two hours to find Musgraves guilty of the crime, although during testimony in the trial, the victim Malaya Collins, said she was not battered by Musgraves. This contradicted a statement she made to police in January that Musgraves beat her with a barstool causing an injury to her hand. Musgraves and Collins have a 12 year old son together and Musgraves was living with them following his release from prison. Madison County Prosecutors told the jury Collins changed her story because she did not want to be responsible for sending Musgraves back to prison. The jury apparently agreed, and found Musgraves guilty.
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