A Hamilton man accused of stabbing his longtime girlfriend to death at their Parrish Avenue home will be back in court later this month with a new attorney after his first lawyer, who was retained, asked to withdraw.
Toby Madden, 49, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury for murder and felonious assault in December for the Oct. 11, 2022, slaying of Rachelle Brewsaugh.
Brewsaugh, 50, was found dead inside the home in the 1200 block of Parrish Avenue. She suffered stab wounds, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.
Madden was booked into the Butler County Jail on a drug charge just hours after Brewsaugh was found and has remained behind bars in lieu of a $150,000 bond on the drug charge. The drug case pending before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens accuses Madden of being in possession of methamphetamine about a month before the fatal stabbing.
Earlier this month, Madden was arraigned on the murder charge in Judge Jennifer McElfresh’s courtroom where bond was set at $1 million.
Defense attorney Muhammad Hamidullah was at Madden’s side and entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Credit: Nick Graham
Credit: Nick Graham
Since the arraignment, Madden has become dissatisfied with his defense attorney who was hired by his family and wrote to the judge twice about issues saying he did not have confidence in Hamidullah.
Hamidullah filed a motion to withdraw as Madden’s attorney in both the murder and drug cases on Jan. 24 citing “irreconcilable differences.”
McElfresh granted the motion and appointed public defender Billy Guinigundo to represent Madden in the murder case. Madden is scheduled to be back in McElfresh’s courtroom on in Feb. 16.
Brewsaugh was on the floor when Hamilton Police officers arrived at the home the day of the incident.
Neighbors and family members said Brewsaugh and Madden had recently moved into the house.
A next-door neighbor called 911, and the woman told the dispatchers that a man came running out of his house screaming and said he thought his wife was dead in bed.
“He’s screaming hysterically,” she said in the call.
The man could be heard in the background, “Oh God, oh God, oh God,” at the time of the 911 call.
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