EL man pleads guilty to stabbing relative

LISBON — An East Liverpool man pleaded guilty to assault for stabbing a relative in August.

Dewayne L. Toothman, 55, Williams Avenue, East Liverpool, is facing up to eight years in prison for stabbing Douglas Toothman in the chest and stomach with a knife at a Peach Alley address last summer.

According to police reports, Douglas Toothman was found lying on the ground at the corner of Church and Peach Alleys shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 13 with his shirt covered in a large amount of blood. Toothman reportedly identified his “Uncle Dewayne” as the person responsible. Another witness that night, Kelly Hooper, told police Dewayne Toothman had shot Douglas Toothman in the past in West Virginia.

Douglas Toothman was later tranferred to a Pittsburgh area hospital, according to newspaper accounts the week of the stabbing.

Dewayne Toothman told Judge Scott Washam he only finished the seventh grade and he takes a long list of prescription drugs. He handed them all to his defense attorney Colleen Hall-Dailey so she could read them off in court. However, when questioned further, Toothman said he understood what was happening in court as he proceeded with the hearing to plead guilty.

Sentencing is set for April 27.