Woman Says She Killed Man With Crowbar, Though He Begged Her To Stop

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Laura Morgan
Laura Morgan

A woman who is a double amputee with no legs told police she kept hitting a 73-year-old man with a crowbar until he died, though he pleaded with her to stop.

Laura Lee Morgan, 48, is charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.

Chattanooga Police responded on Saturday at 8:48 p.m. to 3401 S. Orchard Knob Ave., where the body of James Masingill was found in the living room.

Dispatchers said Ms. Morgan had called to say she had murdered the victim two hours earlier and that the crowbar she used was inside the residence. She said she would be waiting for police when they arrived. Officers found her on the front porch in her wheelchair.

Police said Ms. Morgan "admitted that she beat James Masingill with a crowbar as he continually begged for help."

She said she afterward took the victim's wallet and pulled $200 out of it. She said she spent the money on crack cocaine.

Ms. Morgan had been living with the victim.  

The suspect, Laura Morgan, 48, called police and stated she had struck James Masingill, 73, whom she lived with at this residence, in the head with a crowbar.  

When officers arrived, they found Mr. Masingill inside the residence with serious trauma to his head. He was pronounced dead on the scene.  


 


Pregnant Woman Facing Multiple Charges After Traffic Accident

A pregnant woman is facing multiple charges, including a viable fetus as a victim, after a wreck on Wilson Road. Melanie D. Hawk, 24, of 1824 Bayhill Dr., Hixson, was also charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane, not having insurance, violating the implied consent law, felonious reckless endangerment, failing to exercise due care, a registration violation, a seat belt law ... (click for more)

Watkins Facing Charges After Robbery Victim Gets Snapchat Photo

Malcom Watkins III is facing charges after a robbery victim was able to get a Snapchat photo of him during the Aug. 11 holdup. Watkins, 18, of 2005 Sherman St., is charged with especially aggravated robery, two counts of aggravated robbery and felonious reckless endangerment. One person was shot in the foot during the incident in the parking lot of Chuck E.Cheese at Northgate. ... (click for more)

Patrol Cars Donation To Kevin Muhammad's Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pitch Called ‘The Defector’

When Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident, he was 24 years old yet had already lived a life much larger than almost all old men. He had spent part of a year in an unimaginably cruel Cuban prison, this when he only 14 years old and sandwiched in an inhumane cell among grown criminals. There were murders daily – in his very cell -- and nobody cared. ... (click for more)

Vols' Dobbs, Barnett Grab SEC Player of Week Honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and end Derek Barnett the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week. This week's honor marks the first time this season that a Vol has earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week. Dobbs was the last UT player to win the award in Week 6 of 2015 following his performance in the Vols' ... (click for more)

Lee Women Win 5-1 At Shorter

The blistering-hot temperature and the artificial turf was not enough to slow the Lee women's soccer team as they handily defeated host Shorter University 5-1 for its fifth straight victory  on Sunday  afternoon.   Summer Lanter and Kinsey Cichowitz combined to score all five of Lee's goals. Lanter now has six goals on the year and midfielder Cichowitz ... (click for more)