Mars Hill man charged in vicious beating requests jury trial

Posted May 26, 2012, at 2:05 p.m.
Chad Walton
Maine State Police
Chad Walton

CARIBOU, Maine — A Mars Hill man who was sought by Maine State Police for nearly a month in connection with a woman’s vicious beating has requested a jury trial.

Chad B. Walton, 30, was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on charges of assault and obstructing the report of a crime or injury in connection with a violent domestic assault on Nov. 20, 2011. When he appeared in court in February, a mental health exam was ordered after his attorney Jeff Pickering of Houlton, requested one be conducted.

According to court documents, Walton assaulted the female victim so badly that she sought treatment for serious facial injuries at a local hospital. The victim told police that she and Walton had an argument over money and she called police to report that he had struck her on the head. He then allegedly tried to destroy an Xbox game machine and ripped a telephone out of the wall. At the time, he was on probation, court documents revealed.

In July 2010, Walton was sentenced to jail for aggravated assault, violating conditions of release, terrorizing and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

During the 2011 incident, the victim said Walton threw her down on the couch, attempted to strangle her and punched her in the eye. She told police Walton said if he was going to jail he was going to “make it worth his while.”

The victim sought treatment at the hospital and police found her with her left eye swollen shut, marks on her neck and blood on her face and neck.

Walton fled the area soon after the incident and was on the run for close to a month before a vehicle in which he was a passenger was pulled over on Interstate 95 in Dyer Brook in December 2011 by state police.

Walton fled on foot from the vehicle and attempted to escape into the woods.

After a brief foot chase, he was captured and arrested without further incident.

In requesting the mental health exam, Pickering wrote that Walton had “no specific memory” of the incident and has described periods of “blackouts.”

He has pleaded not guilty and remains at the Aroostook County Jail, according to court documents.

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