MACHIAS, Maine — A Knox man with a significant domestic violence history who is accused of attacking a Milbridge woman with a hatchet last week will remain behind bars, according to his defense attorney.
Linwood E. Doughty Jr.’s attorney, Jeffrey Toothaker of Ellsworth, said Wednesday that by agreement between him and Washington County District Attorney Matthew Foster, Judge David Mitchell on Tuesday ordered his client to remain held without bail at Washington County Jail in Machias.
Doughty, 54, has been charged with aggravated attempted murder and other charges as a result of the June 26 attack, which took place at the woman’s home, according to documents filed at the court clerk’s office in Machias.
Doughty has served 12 years in prison on a previous attempted murder conviction after he tracked down a former girlfriend and shot her in the thigh with a high-powered rifle in March 1995. That victim, who was hiding from Doughty at a relative’s house in Fairfield, managed to escape through a window and ran to a neighbor’s home to call police.
According to an affidavit filed in court about the attack last week in Milbridge, Doughty broke into the woman’s house as she was watching television and told her “you’re going to [expletive] die tonight.”
He is accused of striking her twice in the head with the hatchet before she grabbed the handle of the weapon, police wrote in the document. He then allegedly pushed the handle into her throat and tried to strangle her.
The struggle lasted for about 20 minutes before Linwood began to engage the woman in conversation “like a switch had been flipped,” the affidavit states, after which he calmed down and then helped her clean up. The victim then helped Doughty tend to scratches to his face before she managed to escape to a friend’s house and call the police, according to the document.
Doughty was arrested later as he was driving back west through Hancock County, according to police. After being given a description of the vehicle Doughty was driving, Maine State Police stopped him and took him into custody near Ellsworth.
In addition to the aggravated attempted murder charge, Doughty is facing charges of aggravated assault, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence stalking, domestic violence terrorizing with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of a crime or injury, criminal mischief and burglary.
Doughty’s next court appearance has not yet been scheduled, according to Toothaker.
Doughty’s history of domestic violence was known to law enforcement officials even before he shot his ex-girlfriend in Fairfield 21 years ago.
Three days before shooting his ex-girlfriend on March 25, 1995, Doughty had assaulted her, burning her on a wood stove and beating her and her mother with a log, police said at the time. Police said that as soon as Doughty’s bail for that incident was paid and he was released, he began hunting his former companion.
Doughty has criminal convictions before March 1995 that include violations of protective orders and terrorizing, according to a copy of his criminal history obtained from the Maine Bureau of Identification. One domestic altercation that involved Doughty, on Nov. 13, 1994, resulted in the death of Maine State Trooper Jeffrey Parola, whose cruiser crashed as he was heading to the incident.
In August 1995, Doughty was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest in Somerset County to attempted murder and other charges resulting from the Fairfield shooting.
In 2004, he was sent back to prison for another two years after being found guilty of one count of assault, two counts of criminal threatening and two counts of terrorizing for an unrelated incident.
In 2010, Doughty was sent back to prison for a year after being found guilty of criminal mischief and domestic violence assault, according to his criminal history report.
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