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Rogersville businessman charged in stalking incident

Jeff Bobo • Apr 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville businessman is facing charges including one felony count for allegedly stalking another well-known member of the Rogersville community who has reportedly been dating his estranged wife. The couple have been separated for about a year.

Theodore Roosevelt “Teddy” Markham, 52, 216 Holston View, Rogersville, was arrested Tuesday morning at his Rogersville business, Ted’s Industrial Supply, 133 Route 70-S, on charges including reckless endangerment and felony stalking.

The charges stemmed from two separate incidents that allegedly occurred Friday and Sunday involving Rogersville veterinarian Dr. John Slaughter.

On Friday, Slaughter reported to the Rogersville Police Department that he was traveling east on Main Street about 5:20 p.m. when he noticed Markham approaching him westbound on Main Street in a black Volkswagen Jetta.

“Mr. Slaughter stated that Mr. Markham swerved his car toward him and continued toward him in his lane of traffic,” RPD Detective Joey Maddox stated in his report. “Mr. Slaughter reported that he was in fear for his life, and that Mr. Markham has been harassing him for some time.”

Sunday morning Slaughter told police that Markham had come to his house in the black Volkswagen Jetta, rolled down his window, and started cursing Slaughter and threatening to kill him.

Markham was already out on bail on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a Dec. 22 incident in which Markham allegedly assaulted Slaughter by reaching through his vehicle window, striking him in the chest and yelling at him.

“Mr. Markham had previously been in court and was told to leave Mr. Slaughter alone,” Maddox stated in his report. “Mr. Slaughter states that Mr. Markham has continued to harass, terrorize, frighten and threaten him. Mr. Slaughter is in fear for his life.”

Markham was held in jail without bond overnight Tuesday pending his arraignment on the new charges Wednesday morning in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

Judge David Brand set his bond at $50,000, and Markham was subsequently released after spending about 26 hours in the Hawkins County Jail.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Brand on May 27.

Assistant Attorney General Alex Pearson noted that there are various levels of stalking in the Tennessee Code Annotated depending on the circumstances, ranging from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony. In this case, the charge is a Class E felony punishable by one to two years in prison, Pearson said.

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