Woman is charged with second-degree murder
LITCHFIELD -- A woman accused of killing her boyfriend Sunday in rural Litchfield was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder. Tina Marie Mathews, 39, of Litchfield was arrested after her boyfriend, Randy David Silbaugh, 46, was f...
LITCHFIELD -- A woman accused of killing her boyfriend Sunday in rural Litchfield was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree murder.
Tina Marie Mathews, 39, of Litchfield was arrested after her boyfriend, Randy David Silbaugh, 46, was found dead of a stab wound to the chest at their rural Litchfield home.
Mathews was arraigned in Meeker County District Court Tuesday.
She is being held in the Meeker County Jail on $2 million unconditional bail and $1 million conditional bail, Sheriff Mike Hirman said.
She was charged with one felony count of second-degree murder with intent-not premeditated and one felony count of second-degree murder without intent while committing or attempting to commit assault with a deadly weapon.
Both counts carry maximum penalties of up to 40 years in prison.
The Meeker County Sheriff's Department was called Sunday to 21860 575th Ave. in Greenleaf Township after Mathews' teenage son asked a neighbor to call 911.
The Sheriff's Department found Silbaugh's body at about 7 p.m., according to the criminal complaint.
Mathews told authorities she stabbed Silbaugh in the chest with a kitchen knife, according to the complaint. She said she had picked up the knife with the intent to scare him, the complaint said.
Mathews' teenage son told investigators that he heard Mathews and Silbaugh arguing, according to the complaint.
He said he saw Mathews pick up the knife, throw Silbaugh's shoes at him and then stab Silbaugh in the chest with the knife, the complaint said.
After the stabbing, Mathews said she told her son to get rid of the knife, which had broken into two pieces, according to the complaint. Her son disposed of both pieces of the knife outside, the complaint said. The knife was found in a woodland near the home, according to the Sheriff's Department.
Mathews has another case pending where she had been charged with one count of third-degree assault and two counts of domestic assault in an incident that involved Silbaugh last November at the same residence, according to the Meeker County Attorney's Office.
Two Meeker County Sheriff's Department deputies were called to the home at about 2:50 a.m. Nov. 9, according to a press release from the attorney's office.
Mathews told the deputies that she and Silbaugh had been fighting, according to the complaint. Silbaugh was taken to Meeker County Memorial Hospital for treatment of puncture wounds to his right arm and left thumb and lacerations on his head, according to the release.
Mathews told Deputy Reggie Sandstrom that she "rushed him (Silbaugh)" and that they had been fighting verbally around 9:30 p.m. She told the deputy she was "fighting, kicking, I'm screaming, I'm throwing whatever I can," according to the release.
Mathews was arrested and charged with one felony count of third-degree assault, one misdemeanor count of domestic assault, committing act to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death and one misdemeanor count of domestic assault, intentionally inflicts/attempts to inflict bodily harm on another, according to the release.
Silbaugh also had a history with the Sheriff's Department. He was arrested on warrants from two other counties, including a warrant from Anoka County for driving while intoxicated, Hirman said.
Silbaugh's address is listed as Coon Rapids, but he was living at the rural Litchfield home on and off with Mathews, her two children, one of whom is an adult, and Mathews' father, according to the Sheriff's Department. Mathews told authorities that Silbaugh had been her boyfriend for about three years, according to the complaint.
Hirman said Mathews' father is taking care of the juvenile son.