Woman ordered to stand trial in fiance's death19-Sep-2016
After a preliminary hearing, a Tulsa County judge ruled that there is sufficient evidence to order a first degree murder trial for a Collinsville woman accused of killing her fiance.
Sharon Frances Morris, 38, is accused of stabbing her fiance, Brian Neil Floyd, 52, before running over him with a vehicle in May.
Reports say first responders found Floyd lying dead in his driveway, with Morris lying alert but unresponsive in the roadway at the end of the driveway. Floyd sustained multiple stab wounds and a cut to his throat, and also sustained injuries consistent with being run over by a vehicle. Morris had cuts on both arms and a large bruise on one arm.
When asked about her injuries, Morris told investigators that when she was asleep, her fiance began cutting her with "an unknown piece of glass." However, she could not describe the glass, nor was any glass found in the bedroom where she said the assault began. From there, the apparent inconsistencies in Morris's story continued.
Initially, Morris reportedly told investigators that she got a knife from the kitchen to defend herself against the assault, but later claimed that she got the knife from under the bed, where she began keeping it after she "stopped trusting" her fiance.
She told investigators that she used the knife to stab Floyd in the heart, and he grabbed a board barricading their back door and struck her with it. She claims that she ran out of the house to try to escape, but that her fiance jumped in front of the vehicle and pointed a gun at her.
However, no gun was found at the scene, and Morris reportedly said she accelerated and ran over her fiance "in reverse," which would be difficult to do if he had been standing in front of the vehicle as she reportedly claimed.
At the preliminary hearing, the defense attempted to suppress the statements Morris gave to investigators at the hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Morris's attorneys argued that the statements made by their client were not given "knowingly and voluntarily."
Tulsa County Special Judge James Keeley bound the defendant over for trial on a first degree murder charge. She will appear for district court arraignment later this month.
Morris has been held without bond in the Tulsa County Jail since she was charged with first degree murder in June.
In Oklahoma, murder in the first degree is punishable by life in prison or life without parole.
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