Former teacher charged with throwing brick through window

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

March 29, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 29, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

Amy Madigan

Amy Madigan

A former Victoria ISD teacher arrested on suspicion of running over a woman in February faces more criminal charges.

Amy Gilliam Madigan, 40, was charged with criminal mischief between $50 and $500, a Class B misdemeanor, after she allegedly threw a brick through the same woman's window.

The case was filed March 19.

Susan Dorsett, 39, called police at 5:10 p.m. Jan. 24.

Dorsett was at work, but her child had told her that Madigan had pushed her way inside their home in the 400 block of Kingwood Drive.

Dorsett's child said Madigan had found out Madigan's child, who had slept over at the house the night before, had not gone to school.

The children did not go to school that day because of the bad weather, according to a police report.

Dorsett's boyfriend then came home and threw Madigan's cellphone out of the house to get her to leave, but she refused. Dorsett's boyfriend also is Madigan's ex-husband.

He then pulled Madigan outside by the arm because she was acting aggressively and locked the door. He let Madigan's child out through the garage.

Madigan, meanwhile, threw a brick through Dorsett's window, causing anywhere from $50 to $500 worth of damage. When Madigan saw her child, she left, according to the police report.

Police took photos of the damage.

Then Feb. 8, Madigan was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police were called then when Madigan allegedly ran Dorsett over with her maroon 2005 Toyota Camry and struck her home on Kingwood Drive.

Now, Dorsett is recovering after part of her leg was amputated.

Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said the case will be presented to a grand jury in about a week.

"There might be several things about a person that aggravates another, but none of those give someone a license to harm another," Tyler said.

Tyler, not a member of his staff, is handling the felony case because of the nature of the offense and because Madigan and Dorsett have ties to prominent members of the community.

Tyler will likely bring up what happened at Dorsett's home in January if the case went to trial.

"It goes to the relationship between the parties and also goes to motive," he said, "but evidentiary rulings are made by the judge, so I can always be mistaken. A judge could rule some other way."

Tyler has to prove Madigan ran over Dorsett intentionally, knowingly or recklessly.

County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Travis Ernst is presiding over the case.

Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Daniel Gilliam recused himself from the misdemeanor case because he is related to Amy Madigan, Tyler said.

Gilliam could not be reached for comment Friday.

On Tuesday, Madigan's house in the 200 block of Timber Drive caught fire.

Her home was partially damaged, and the fire is thought to have started in the living room. A woman residing in the home escaped and was treated for smoke inhalation, but the Victoria Fire Department does not release the names of those it treats, according to an earlier report.

Frank Naranjo, a Victoria fire inspector and investigator, was still trying to determine the cause Wednesday. He did not return calls for comment Friday.

Tyler said he was not aware of the fire and should be looped in if for some reason officials thought it was not an accident.

Madigan is represented by attorney George Filley III, who declined to comment.

Madigan was a kindergarten teacher at Chandler Elementary School, but she resigned shortly after her February arrest.

Another teacher has since been hired to fill Madigan's position, said Diane Boyett, Victoria ISD communications specialist.



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