PITTSFIELD — Scott Kennedy is either a man who "couldn't turn off the anger," when it comes to a particular woman or is a victim of false allegations and of that same woman's need to impose control over him.
Those were the arguments made by opposing attorneys in the trial of Kennedy, who is accused of beating the woman in three separate incidents in April 2014, and March and September 2015.
Kennedy, 31, of North Adams, faces charges of assault and battery, assault on a family or household member, aggravated assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon (car), all involving the same woman.
Opening statements were delivered in Kennedy's trial Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano described a tumultuous relationship between Kennedy and the alleged victim.
The woman testified about each of the three incidents. During the first, she said, Kennedy ripped her shirt open during an argument. In the second incident, while she was seven months pregnant, he pulled her out of a car by her hair and beat her. And in the third, she said, he tried to run her off the road with his vehicle.
Kennedy's attorney, Robert Sullivan, said the allegations are false and only made by the victim in attempts to exert control over the relationship.
Sullivan said the woman received the injuries she attributed to Kennedy's March 2015 assault during a fist fight with another woman that same evening and that her shirt was ripped when she tried to push Kennedy down a flight of stairs and he reached out to keep from falling.
Sullivan said the woman also fabricated the story about Kennedy running her off the road after "voluminous" attempts to communicate with him and threatening him with arrest when he didn't respond.
Yorlano acknowledged the alleged victim made decisions during the relationship that would make jurors, "scratch their heads," including maintaining communication with Kennedy between the alleged assaults.
While in custody, Kennedy wrote letters to the woman, expressing remorse for his actions and encouraging her to tell investigators she had exaggerated her claims, Yorlano said.
Portions of those letters are expected be introduced into evidence.
If convicted, Kennedy faces up to five years in prison on the aggravated assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon charges.
The trial will likely continue through the week.