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Dickinson man who ran over wife with truck pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Tyler Pelton

A 29-year-old Dickinson man accused of running over his wife allegedly said he wanted her to die alone, Dickinson Police Investigator Kylan Klauzer said during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse Monday afternoon.

Tyler Pelton pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, a Class A felony and aggravated assault, a Class B felony.

His wife required surgery for her injuries, according to court records.

On Dec. 11, Pelton and his wife were allegedly arguing and Pelton had requested his wife bring his vehicle to their residence, Klauzer said. Pelton hadn't been feeling well and wanted his wife to take him to the hospital, Klauzer said.

Pelton's wife dropped off the vehicle and walked away to avoid confrontation, Klauzer said.

Pelton allegedly called his wife and asked where she was while she was walking near downtown Dickinson, Klauzer said. She told Pelton where she was and asked why he wanted to know, Klauzer said.

"Mr. Pelton said something along the lines of 'I'm going to show you what it's like to lie there and to die alone,'" Klauzer said. "When this was stated Mrs. Pelton, she looked up and saw a vehicle coming ... directly at her."

The vehicle, which she identified as Pelton's, struck her side and she fell to the ground, Klauzer said.

"After the vehicle had struck her, she remembered going underneath the vehicle," Klauzer said. "She thought she was going to get ran over by one of the tires and did her best to avoid one of the tires of the vehicle."

Pelton allegedly immediately came to his wife and picked her up.

"He puts her facedown in the back of his pickup ... on the floor," Klauzer said.

Pelton took his wife into their residence where she begged him to take her to the hospital, Klauzer said.

"Mr. Pelton, at one time, made a comment along the lines of, 'Now you're going to know what it's like to lie there and die,' while she was lying in the bed," Klauzer said. "When Mr. Pelton realized she was in serious harm or had serious injuries, that's when he took her to the hospital."

Pelton allegedly apologized for his actions and made his wife promise she wouldn't tell anybody what had happened.

"She had approximately 8 inches of her colon removed and 50 percent of her diaphragm (removed)," Klauzer said.

Kevin McCabe, Pelton's attorney, asked Judge H. Patrick Weir to dismiss the attempted murder charge.

"I don't believe there is anything shown by detective Klauzer or by the state to show there was extreme indifference to the value of human life," McCabe said. "He apologized to her and took her to the hospital himself. He didn't think she was hurt that bad."

Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning disagreed.

"...the act of running over another human being with this vehicle, this big pickup truck, is in itself a demonstration of extreme indifference to human life," Henning said. "We all commonly know the amount of damage that can be done to the human body by a motor vehicle ..."

Weir found probable cause to move forward with the charges.