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Man jailed on strangulation, battery charges

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Edward Lee Doran
An Illinois man was recently charged with strangling and physically assaulting a local pregnant woman.

According to information in a probable cause affidavit on file at the Clay County Courthouse, the Clay County Sheriff's Department was forwarded information by the Vigo County Sheriff's Department about a domestic abuse incident during the early morning of Aug. 16.

The names of the victim and a juvenile witness are being withheld to protect the integrity of the case.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., members of the CCSD arrived at a rural Clay County residence to interview a pregnant woman, who was complaining of abdomen pain with visible bruising on her body.

Experiencing some complications during her pregnancy, the victim told authorities a doctor had advised her to not engage in sexual intercourse.

The victim said Edward Lee Doran, 39, Vermillion, Ill., had been allegedly drinking and choked and forced her to have sex against her wishes.

A rape kit was performed on the victim during a medical check up at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Investigators contacted Doran to schedule an interview at the Clay County Justice Center later that morning.

Initially, he agreed, but Doran did not show up until that evening.

During the interview, Doran admitted to officers he had been drinking and "it was possible," but didn't think he had done anything wrong. Although the victim said she "was tired," he believed it was consensual and she did not say no.

Doran was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center for class C felony battery resulting in injury to a pregnant woman and two counts of class D felony one for domestic battery (in the presence of a juvenile under the age of 16 who could see or hear) and the other for strangulation.

Facing a bond of $10,000 (with no 10 percent allowed), Doran appeared before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout on Aug. 19. Appointing counsel and entering a preliminary plea of not guilty on Doran's behalf, Trout set the matter for a jury trial tentatively on Nov. 16.

Although the cash bond was posted on Doran's behalf Aug. 20, a motion to reduce or modify the bond was filed with the court the same day.

On Monday, a no contact order that was established on behalf of the victim at an earlier court date was issued to the Edgar County Illinois Sheriff's Department to be served to Doran.

In the matter of the motion to reduce or modify Doran's bond, the court did not have to consider it.

Because he has already bonded out, Doran's bond amount and conditions will remain as previously established.

Doran remains out on bond while awaiting further court proceedings.

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out on the streets ! unbelieveable!

-- Posted by otis66 on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 7:22 AM

i guess they think if your not a local pregnant woman you will be safe. I bet there is more to this story. If it was all out in the open maybe it wouldn't be worth reading. need to sell papers.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 8:42 AM

wictory what do you mean? I am confused

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 11:57 AM

She was pregnant, had complications and was drinking???

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 11:57 AM

The guy was drinking sassypants, not the woman according to the story.

Victory04, the reference to a local pregnant women is the reason your reading the story. She's your fellow citizen and a crime "allegedly" happened, that's news. Sick albeit, but news none the less.

As for all the details being out in the open, I honestly don't want to know anymore right now. And reading anymore details from a "family newspaper" that is available for some students to read in the schools around the county, would be despicable. I'm glad the staff at the Times showed restraint and protected the victims and the witness.

-- Posted by Cy on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 12:27 PM


I think the Co. doesn't think it is to serious only $10,000.00 bond. maybe they think he only attacks pregnant women. nothing more.


there are always 3 sides to a story. It would be nice to hear or be able to read all 3 sides before one gets judged. and yes most judge.

after a week or so check the news and see how many comments each article gets. not a rocket scientist. drugs,sex,violence sells, not sports,good grades in school.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 2:47 PM

To victory04: If you want to read about High School sports and good grades you're on the wrong web site. This page is for grown ups who want to read grown up articles.

-- Posted by houseofhate on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 3:53 PM


guess there are rocket scientist in here.

If you want to read about High School sports and good grades you're on the wrong web site. This page is for grown ups who want to read grown up articles. ouch maybe that is some of the things wrong , not praising our children . Some become thugletts that you like to read about.

by the was the websight is Brazil times.LOL

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 4:51 PM

if that was me i would be in prision

-- Posted by tylera1989 on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 5:10 PM

3 sides to every story? I had always heard there were just two. They do say you learn something new every day.

So couldn't there be 4 sides? Just asking.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 2:23 PM

Lee Thall,

Victim side 1

victim's family side 2

witness side 3

suspect side 4

suspect's family side 5

law enforcement side 6

judge side 7

Prosecuting Attorney side 8

Defense attorney side 9

Jury side 10

Public perception side 11

The Truth side 12

Guess there are more than 2, but that doesn't mean we are entitled to know them all.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 5:09 PM

Wow there needs to be something done about this, bond should not have been allowed! People with theft charges or dui gets more severe bonds. I guess potentially harming a innocent baby as well as causing mental trauma to a minor child, is viewed as acceptable behavior? Even if alleged the fact is she had visible bruises, and he was drunk. Probable cause I do think. The difference between the two courts way of doing things is measurably different.

-- Posted by bellababy on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 6:48 AM

wow. this dude should end up in prison, and most likely will. Cant believe all you guys fightin on here. Makes me miss Brazil. He should get judged, and will by a jury. Bottom line, the guy got smashed, forced sex on a lady, and assaulted a prego female. Thats what we read thats what we judge. I dont think to many high school kids are reading this, they should though. Maybe they wont get out and get smashed and beat on women. Youre kids are watching/hearing far worse than this. I assure you.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 10:20 PM

Last night this man left his workplace, he then procedeed to find this woman and beat her and her sister putting both in the ER. Thank you clay county for allowing this man to be put on wor release instead of in prison where he belonged. Maybe this time someone will take him as a serious threat.

-- Posted by Hols on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 2:40 PM

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