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Opening Statements Scheduled To Begin In Murrieta Torture Trial

Anthony Eugene Rollins, 34, is expected to appear for opening statements in his trial that begins Monday.

Anthony Eugene Rollins Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.
Anthony Eugene Rollins Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

Trial for a Marine gunnery sergeant charged with torture, domestic violence and dissuading a witness is set to begin next week.

Anthony Eugene Rollins, 34, is expected to appear for opening statements in his trial that begins Monday. 

The charges against him stem from a Dec. 1, 2012 reported incident out of Murrieta. The alleged victim in the case -- Rollins' girlfriend of four years -- was admitted to a hospital with head trauma that included a skull fracture and bleeding to her brain. She had no memory of how she received her injuries until she discovered a missed call and a voicemail on her phone weeks later. 

She came forward to Murrieta police with the one minute, 26 second voicemail recorded the night she was allegedly beaten, according to a copy of a search warrant.  

"In the voicemail, the victim heard herself crying and screaming in pain as well as the defendant in this case telling her she was never going to leave and also sounds like something being repeatedly hit," according to a released statement from John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

Rollins is charged with one count of torture, two counts of domestic violence, and one count of dissuading a witness. Each domestic violence count also has an enhancement attached of causing great bodily injury in a domestic violence crime, Hall said.

If convicted as currently charged, Rollins faces a potential life sentence.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Tim Cross of the DA’s Domestic Violence Unit.

southernbelle December 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM
wow. crazy stuff. These guys go over to Iraq and fight then come back all messed up with PTSD and other issues and half don't even realize it. I wonder if he was violent before his time served? I personally think there should be some mandatory intense PTSD workshops before their tours are up. Help a soldier out!
Dirk Diggler December 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Look up Melvin Louis shaw here in the patch.he set his girlfriend in fire July 20 Th.2007 behind the gym on Nicholas and Winchester. It's a growing problem for these guys.
all-c-ing-eye December 15, 2013 at 06:44 PM
There are so many soldiers that have come home and went back to enjoying their lives without having to pound the daylights out of someone. A very small % do have problems that turn into something like this. Many soldiers carry with them memories that they would like to forget but cant but dont go beating on people. Perhaps this was not related to his military service and its just who he is. Well, none of us here are on the jury so the story must be played out in the courtroom that way we will learn what set him off. Another thought may be, How many non military people do the same thing and whats their excuse? maybe its the same.
southernbelle December 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM
@allcingeye-- Of course there are several who don't come back with PTSD, and even some who do but still don't cause physical harm to others. But it is definitely a big problem, and not a "small %" who suffer this. The main category are the soldiers who are out in the field, feel free to do statistical homework. Certainly it may not be tied to his military service--which is why I "wondered" if he had a history of violence BEFORE his tour. Regardless, I stand by my view that our government should provide mandatory counseling at the end of every soldiers tour, for the SOLDIERS sake. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Panic disorder, etc--are all emotional and physical issues that are horrible to have to live with as a result of serving our country.
Souflikar December 16, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Whats wrong with his face???? not sure if i find the eyeliner or crooked mustache more distracting. guess it doesnt matter. dumb jarhead should roast!
Just my opinion December 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It's a shame these folks cannot deal with their personal shortcomings or relationship failures and resort to violence to vent their frustration. Now there is a victim of domestic violence that will be scarred for life and this suspect has ruined his life. There are no winners here except society in general when we remove these violent people from our general population.

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