Murder charges filed after assault in Incredible Dave's parking lot


by Sherrell Hubbard

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 4:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville woman is facing murder charges after police said she intentionally struck her husband with her vehicle in the Incredible Dave's parking lot, resulting in his death.

Police arrested Toya Mathis, 28, on Monday night near Incredible Dave's on Westport Road in Louisville.

Police said Mathis and her husband, Thaddius Thomas, 31, were involved in an argument in the parking lot.  The arrest report states Mathis intentionally hit Thomas with a Dodge Charger, causing him to go approximately 10 feet into the air before landing on the concrete parking lot.

Thomas was rushed to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition and died Tuesday.  The coroner said he died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head.

Toya Mathis was originally charged with assault, but those charges were upgraded to murder Tuesday, May 20, when her husband died.

The arrest report does not state what led to the argument.

A neighbor of the couple, who did not want to be identified, told WHAS that the couple never seemed to have disputes. 

"She doesn't argue, there have never been any domestic violence in her home, never any police running back to her home," the neighbor said.

According to the Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, the couple did not have any emergency protection orders or a documented history of domestic violence.

The neighbor said that Thomas was an employee at Incredible Dave’s.  An Incredible Dave’s Spokesperson said she could not confirm or deny Thomas’ employment.

However, they did release a statement: "We are sorry for the family.  It is an unfortunate event.  We send our condolences."