Husband files motions attacking wife's responses in bathtub, retirement savings dispute

Amelia Flood Jun. 8, 2010, 7:22am


A Madison County man suing his estranged wife for leaving him stranded in a bathtub without food or water, has filed motions attacking her responses to his lawsuit.

Thomas Dodd filed the motions in his suit against Carol Dodd between May 17 and June 1.

In addition to allegedly being left in the bathtub after a fall, Thomas Dodd also claims Carol Dodd forged his signature to cash out over $190,000 in retirement savings to open accounts in her name and that of her sister.

Ameren Services Company, the holder of the retirement funds, and GCS Federal Credit Union, where Carol Dodd allegedly opened the accounts after taking the money, are also defendants in the case.

After 20 years of marriage, Carol Dodd, who was 62 in 2007, filed to divorce the then 74 year-old Thomas Dodd citing irreconcilable differences.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder is set to hear motions in the case later this month.

Crowder entered an order in the civil suit March 23 that froze $185,000 at issue until the final matters are resolved in the Dodds' divorce and until the civil suit ends.

Madison County Associate Judge Steve Stobbs is scheduled to hold a trial in the divorce or see through the entry of settlement
documents June 21 at 9 a.m.

In the motions, Thomas Dodd asks Crowder to strike the various affirmative defenses entered by all three defendants.

The plaintiff argues that the defendants fail to allege sufficient grounds for those defenses.

Thomas Dodd is represented by Thomas Burkart. He had originally been represented by Mark Levy.

Ameren Services Company is represented by Gordon Broom. Gary Meddows has also appeared on behalf of Ameren.

Carol Dodd is represented in the civil suit by Alexander Wilson.

The civil suit is Madison case number 08-L-606.

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