By MATT BLOIS
The children of a woman who was stabbed to death in the Governor’s Club subdivision last week are suing the man police believe attacked her.
At a press conference, Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said he believes Jerry Matthews attacked his wife Emma Teeters with a knife on November 20. Teeters was transported to a hospital and later died.
Hughes said the Department believes Teeters’ father Terry Teeters came to her defense and Matthews stabbed him as well. Police say Terry Teeters then shot Matthews, who died from the gunshot wound.
Now, the children of Emma Teeters, who were not Matthews’ biological children, are suing Matthews’ estate. The three children are represented by their fathers, Mark Morris and Bryan O’Reilly.
The civil complaint says two of the three children witnessed the attack. The suit is asking for $200 million in compensatory damages because Matthews’ caused severe emotional distress and deprived them of having a mother.
This is not the first time Matthews has attacked a spouse. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for strangling his previous wife at the same address where police believe he stabbed Emma and Terry Teeters.
According to an affidavit from a Brentwood Police Officer, Matthews tried to strangle his then wife and grabbed her arm in February 2011. A doctor told police that she had a broken arm that would need surgery to heal.
The affidavit says Matthews was intoxicated and passed out at the home. It also says the Brentwood Police Department had previously responded to calls from that house about domestic assault by Matthews.
A felony charge of aggravated assault related to the same incident was dismissed.
Matthews spent one day in jail in February 2011, and was then sentenced to about a year of probation. According to an affidavit from a Brentwood Police officer, Matthews called his previous wife five times from jail.
He had to complete a training program for people who abuse their spouses, donate to a center that helps victims of domestic violence and also had to attend two Alcoholic Anonymous meetings each week.