Kellie Brenner, the woman at the center of an alienation-of-affection lawsuit, testified Wednesday that the Pennington County state’s attorney, who is now her husband, did not take her from a Rapid City man.
“He had nothing to do with it at all,” she testified Wednesday in the third day of the civil trial.
Brenner’s husband, Glenn Brenner, is being sued by Doug Rumpca, who is seeking damages under a state law that allows an individual to sue someone who they believe willfully interfered with their marriage.
Kellie Brenner filed for divorce from Rumpca in 2009. The divorce was finalized in 2010, and she married Brenner in 2011.
In her testimony Wednesday, Kellie Brenner said she knew in 2002 that she would someday divorce Doug Rumpca, whom she claims was an abusive and controlling husband. By 2005, she told the jury she had no feelings of affection toward Rumpca and was suffering from low self-esteem as a result of the relationship.
After the couple entered counseling in 2006, Kellie Brenner said she started to look for ways to enjoy herself outside of the marriage.
“I went out. I started drinking a lot of alcohol. I just wanted to feel better,” testified Brenner, who added that she tried to arrange her schedule so that she spent less time with Doug Rumpca on the weekends.
During that time, she testified that she met Chris Legner and they would go on to have an “intimate relationship” that went from friendship to kissing to oral sex.
Rumpca’s attorney, John Nooney, responded by asking 2nd Circuit Judge Gene Paul Kean to declare a mistrial and impose sanctions on Kellie Brenner’s attorneys because she had denied having sex with Legner when she was questioned prior to the trial.
Kean denied the motion, reminding Nooney that not too long ago an attempt was made to impeach President Bill Clinton on the basis of similar definitions of sex.
“Even our illustrious House of Representatives couldn’t figure out what it is,” he said.
Along with Rumpca’s testimony, Nooney and Galbraith subpoenaed the notes and testimony of retired therapist Colleen Waxler. The Rumpcas had four counseling sessions with Waxler between the end of 2005 and early 2006.
Waxler testified that then Kellie was “angry, hurt, discouraged” at the time. She was also told that Doug Rumpca had been physically abusive and that intimacy was absent from their relationship.
She was “sad, tearful,” Waxler testified.
The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today, when Kellie Brenner returns to the stand.