December 5, 2013
On July 19, 2013 the Dothan Police Department responded to the 800 block of North Cherry Street in reference to an edged weapon assault which left one subject in critical condition.
Investigators say the victim, a white male, was stabbed in the chest with an unknown metal object. While conducting interviews with witnesses to the incident, Tareka Stoddart was identified as the person responsible for the assault. The victim was transported to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Stoddart was arrested on July 23, 2013 and charged with attempted murder.
On August 1, 2013, the Dothan Police Department was informed that the victim, now identified as 41 year old Chad Thomas Clayton had succumbed to the injuries he received during the assault.
Investigators have now charged Tareka Stoddart with first degree murder. She remains in custody at the Houston County Jail
• Tareka Green Stoddart, black female, 35 years of age, of Academy Street has been charged with first degree murder. A bond amount has been set at $500,000.
All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.