Loudon authorities charge woman with attempted 1st-degree murder

A Loudon County woman who allegedly shot her husband as he walked out of their bathroom Sunday morning has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.

Margaret Richesin, 40, is being evaluated at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute in Knoxville and won’t be taken into custody until her release from the mental health facility, said Sheriff’s Office Investigator Charlie Cosner. Richesin had a history of mental problems that had triggered 911 calls to their home before Sunday’s shooting, Cosner said.

She allegedly shot her husband, 30-year-old Joey Richesin, multiple times with a .40 caliber pistol about 8:45 a.m. at their home off Oakland Road near the Monroe County line, according to police accounts. Her husband managed to make it to a neighbor’s home and called 911.

Richesin suffered two bullet wounds in his chest, two in his abdomen, one in his right leg, and one in his back, Cosner said. Police aren’t sure exactly how many times he was shot because it wasn’t immediately clear how many of the injuries were exit or entrance wounds, he said.

A motive hasn’t been established, Cosner said, and Joey Richesin hasn’t been interviewed yet by police because of the severity of his injuries. “The only communication (with him) is the 911 tape,” he said.

He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center immediately following the surgery and endured seven hours of surgery on Sunday, Cosner said.

His wife also hasn’t given police her side of the story, Cosner said.

“She wouldn’t talk to me at all,” he said. “She decided she wanted a lawyer before we got into any kind of questioning.”


Loudon Co. man shot 5 times, wife alleged suspect

LOUDON COUNTY (WATE) -- A Loudon County man was shot multiple times Sunday morning-- allegedly by his wife.

It happened around 8:45 am on Holt Road.

According to police, Joey Richison, 30, called 911 and was taken to UT Medical Center where he had surgery for at least five gunshot wounds.

Officials tell 6 News he is in serious condition.

His wife, Margaret Richison, 48, was taken into custody.

Investigators say she has a history of mental illness and that this was not the first time deputies had been called to their home regarding issues with the wife.

A motive has not been released.

The shooting is still under investigation.

Authorities: Loudon County man shot by wife

A Loudon County man who was shot five times by his mentally ill wife this morning is recovering at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, authorities say.

The shooting happened about 8:45 a.m. at a home off Oakland Road near the Monroe County line and the alleged shooter has been taken to a mental hospital for evaluation, according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office.

“The victim claims he just walked out of the bathroom and she opened fire on him,” said Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider. “I’m amazed that he has survived.”

The man was struck five times by rounds fired from a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol, Guider said. His wounds included two shots to the chest and one to the abdomen.

“He made it to a nearby resident’s home and made the 911 call,” Guider said. “He said, ‘You’ll find me out in the yard.’ ”

When police arrived at the couple’s home, the woman tried to hide from officers and also stashed the handgun in the toilet tank, Guider said. She has been taken to Lakeshore Hospital in Knoxville, he said.

Police haven’t released the names or ages of the people involved, but Guider said the man is listed in critical condition.