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SALT LAKE CITY — A 40-year-old Tennessee man is behind bars after allegedly becoming violent when he saw a picture of Mitt Romney on his girlfriend's Facebook page and thought the woman was committing adultery.
Lowell Turpin, of Claxton, reportedly suspected Crystal Gray, his live-in girlfriend, of having an affair, and flew into a rage July 22 upon seeing a picture of another man on the woman's Facebook page: presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Turpin "angrily demanded to know who the male was" upon seeing the picture, according to Deputy Bradley Prewitt of the Anderson County Sheriff's Department. When Turpin saw Gray "attempting to communicate with friends through her Facebook account," he "began smashing" their shared laptop against a wall and punched the woman in side of the face, according to police reports.
According to the police report, Turpin claimed he had not hit the woman, but that her brother had "threatened to kill me if I hit his sister." Turpin provided "multiple, contradictory accounts" of the incident.
Gray told police Turpin had been violent toward her multiple times over the past several years, but that she never filed a police report. Turpin is being charged with domestic assault and remains in the Anderson County Jail.
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The narrator directs viewers to "tell (Obama) for real job growth, stop spending and cut the debt."
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