Judge finds probable cause for man charged with killing girlfriend

(Davenport, IA) -- A Scott County judge finds enough probable cause to try a Davenport man accused of killing his girlfriend in March.

On Friday, the judge ruled that there is enough probable cause to try 35 year old Sylvis Brandon Nelson. He is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 34 year old Cobrianda Anderson. Nelson was was arrested in late April, will be arraigned on May 27th and currently remains in the Scott County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Davenport police say officers were called to a home in the 1900 block of West First Street just after noon on March 24th for a report of an unresponsive woman. The woman, identified as Anderson, was dead when they arrived.

Detective Murphy Simms testified Friday that Nelson told first responders that she had suffered an asthma attack. Simms said Anderson had injuries that were inconsistent with an asthma attack. Those injuries included heavy bruising to her face, neck, and throat, bruises on her arms and legs, and “several very prominent and pronounced” bite marks on her arms.

The detective said he believed the injuries were fresh. Simms also testified that Nelson told police he and Anderson were having issues regarding where they both were at the night before, which was her birthday, and that he stayed away from their home.

Nelson told detectives he knew he had to go home eventually and that there would be an argument as they were both upset with each other, Simms testified. He said he went home after Anderson dropped off their children at school and returned home. Nelson said the two began to argue, and that argument “excited” Anderson so much that she began to have an asthma attack, Simms testified.

An autopsy determined Anderson’s cause of death was strangulation and blunt-force injuries to the head, Simms said. “The victim was willfully and deliberately strangled during this incident,” Simms testified. “This was not only proven by the autopsy conducted, but also I noted previously that she had injuries that were consistent with that, to include bruising around her throat and neck. Strangulation ultimately cuts off a person’s airway and blood flow to the brain, which ultimately resulted in the victim’s death.”

When questioned by defense attorney Michael Motto, Simms said Nelson denied there was a physical fight between him and Anderson.

(Photo by KWQC / Scott County Corrections)

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