WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/6/20
Jerran Knowlton of New Matamoras appeared in Marietta Municipal Court Wednesday around 3 p.m. on multiple charges, including attempted murder. Knowlton allegedly beat his father with a baseball bat on January 28th.
His case was continued until noon on Friday.
He is currently being held without bond at the Washington County Jail.
ORIGINAL STORY: 1/28/20
A New Matamoras man was arrested Monday on charges of attempted murder, domestic violence and felonious assault, authorities said.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Jerran Knowlton, 40, attacked his father, Richard Knowlton, with a baseball bat, allegedly hitting him at least a dozen times.
The sheriff's office said dispatchers received a call that Richard had fled from his residence and was severely bleeding from his head. He was transported to a local hospital by Newport EMS and later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he is being treated for severe head trauma, multiple lacerations and a possible broken arm.
During another call to 911, dispatch reported hearing Jerran Knowlton say he had hit his father many times with a bat.
During the call, he stated, "It all happened so fast. I grabbed a bat out of my room and started whaling on him, in the chair.” “I kept bashing him and bashing him until he couldn’t get up and was lifeless.”
When asked how many times he struck his father, Jerran allegedly said 12.
Deputies recovered a metal baseball bat with blood on it from the scene.
Jerran Knowlton is currently being held without bond in the Washington County Jail following his arraignment in Marietta Municipal Court Tuesday morning. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. February 5.