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Accuser may not be Murphy's daughter
By ANDREW TILGHMAN
One of the women accusing former Houston Rockets star Calvin Murphy of sexual abuse may not be his daughter, testimony revealed this morning.
The woman, who is 28, said she has always believed the retired basketball player and former TV commentator is her father.
But Murphy's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, showed her court documents indicating that her mother was married to a man named Herbert Florence in 1976 when she was born.
The woman wiped away tears as Hardin showed her documents that her mother sought a divorce in 1977 and terminated Florence's parental rights in 1981 because he failed to pay child support.
"That didn't give him the right to do what he did," the woman said, referring to the alleged sexual abuse.
The woman grew up living with her mother. Most of the incidents occurred at Murphy's home during overnight stays, she has testified.
Murphy, 56, is charged with three counts each of indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault. If convicted, the former National Basketball Association All-Star could face a sentence ranging from probation to life in prison.
Murphy, who has 14 children by nine women, says the daughters are lying, seeking money and revenge because he did not treat them as well as the three children born to his ex-wife, Vernetta Murphy, defense lawyers said.
The woman testifying this morning was the last of five women to testify that Murphy molested them more than 10 years ago.
The woman previously said Murphy molested her repeatedly between the ages of 6 and 16.
Hardin suggested the woman's portrayal of Murphy as a distant and sometimes violent father and child molester was not consistent with a man who pretended to be her father for nearly 30 years.
"Not once did he say you're not my daughter anyway?" Hardin said.
"No," the woman agreed.