Ex-wife accused in knife attack

A former Washington County corrections officer who allegedly stabbed her ex-husband with a steak knife early Wednesday morning has been charged with felonious assault.

Teresa D. Tilton, 43, of 12622 State Route 60, Lowell, reportedly attacked her ex- husband-former Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Tilton, 44, of the same address-during an argument about the couple’s recent divorce.

According to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Teresa retrieved the knife and slashed Mark in the forearms and right palm during the argument, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m.

“He received an injury but didn’t require any medical attention,” said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Troy Hawkins.

According to an affidavit of facts, “…after Teresa attacked him with the knife, things calmed down in the residence and Mark went to lay down in bed. This is when Teresa attacked him again with what was later discovered to be a makeup container, striking him in the head, causing a bump to swell, and cursing at him.”

Teresa’s blood alcohol content was measured at .350 percent and she was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital for observation until her blood alcohol levels were low enough to allow her booking into the Washington County Jail.

The incident is the latest in a long string of troubles for the Tiltons, both of whom lost their jobs with the sheriff’s office in 2008 amidst various claims of domestic violence.

Domestic violence charges that Teresa levied against Mark in February 2008 were dismissed two months later in exchange for Mark’s resignation from the sheriff’s office.

Around the same time, Teresa was terminated from her position at the Washington County Jail for what Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks at the time called “a violation of our rules and regulations and code of conduct.”

In June 2008, she was charged with domestic violence against her daughter for threatening to hit the then 14-year-old with a champagne bottle.

Since then, Teresa has been convicted of telephone harassment, child endangerment, OVI and disorderly conduct.

Mark also has an OVI conviction and multiple domestic violence charges including a fourth-degree felony count from November 2012 where he allegedly threw Teresa into a coffee table.

Teresa is being held without bond in the Washington County Jail pending her initial court appearance today in Marietta Municipal Court. If ultimately convicted, the second-degree felony charge carries a maximum prison sentence of eight years.