By Staff

DICKSON, Tenn. — City of Dickson Police officers responded to a distressing scene on Monday, July 1, 2024, at 4:37 PM, following reports of a stabbing and structure fire at a residence on North Charlotte. According to court documents, upon arrival, officers found heavy smoke coming from the house. They discovered a woman later identified as Tessa Mowel near the back door with multiple stab wounds to her upper back and chest, with a knife still lodged in her.

While at the scene, an individual identified as Zack Mowel admitted to officers, “I did it, it was me.” According to court documents, the victim was able to give a statement  and told investigators that she and Mowel had “gotten into a fight, and that he started stabbing her repeatedly and then poured gas on her legs and set her on fire.”


The incident follows a cryptic social media post by Zack Mowel on Sunday, June 30, 2024, where he addressed the couple’s sons and ended the post saying, “I’m not religious but pray for me and them.”

According to the victim’s family, Tessa has suffered severe injuries including 9 stab wounds, third-degree burns, and is paralyzed from the waist down. In response to the tragic events, Tessa’s family has created a GoFundMe page to assist with her medical expenses and recovery. The page describes Tessa as a resilient individual facing a challenging road ahead, including an anticipated year-long absence from work.

“Tessa is the strongest person I know and she and her boys did not deserve this torture,” the page reads.

For those who wish to support Tessa Mowel and her family during this difficult time, donations can be made at the following GoFundMe link:

The investigation into this incident is being conducted by the TBI, with Zack Mowel currently in custody at the Dickson County Jail.