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Local Woman Charged With Attempted Murder

Husband Stabbed Three Times

Tonia Chilton

Robert Moore

Herald Staff

A Harrodsburg woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her husband.

On Monday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m., police were called to the apartment complex on Magnolia Street by Tonia Danielle Chilton, 41, of Harrodsburg.

According to the uniform citation, Chilton told police she had stabbed her husband. Inside the apartment, police found her husband, Earl Chilton, sitting in a chair with blood on his shirt. He told police he had been stabbed and that “Tonia Chilton was going crazy,” according to the uniform citation. He told police that his wife had “cut up his wheelchair and broke his phone so that he could not seek help.”

Patrolman Aaron Steele of the Harrodsburg Police Department put pressure on Earl Chilton’s chest while another officer, Patrolman Andrew Lay, stayed outside with Tonia Chilton. When the Harrodsburg Fire Department and Mercer County Emergency Medical Services arrived, paramedics found Earl Chilton had been stabbed three times, according to the uniform citation. All puncture wounds were within an inch of the man’s heart.

Police found a bloody kitchen knife on the floor about 15 feet away from where Earl Chilton had been sitting, according to the uniform citation. After being handcuffed, Tonia Chilton told police “she was hearing voices and seeing things,” according to the uniform citation.

After she had been read her rights, Tonia Chilton said she did not want to answer any questions, according to the uniform citation.

Earl Chilton was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment. His condition is unknown.

Tonia Chilton was arrested and charged with attempted murder—domestic violence. She is being held without bond.

Patrolman Aaron Steele (HPD) made the arrest, with assistance from Patrolman Andrew Lay.

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