Fake ninja guilty in stabbing

2012-09-25T06:15:00Z Fake ninja guilty in stabbingBy RICHARD WALKER, T&D Staff Writer The Times and Democrat
September 25, 2012 6:15 am  • 

A ninja-dressed Cordova man who attacked the new husband of his former wife was found guilty on a lesser charge of assault.

Jeffrey Morton, 51, of 1334 Legrand Smoak Road, was originally charged with attempted murder in connection with the November knife attack.

After a two-day trial, jurors decided a lesser charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature was more appropriate and found him guilty on that charge.

Morton was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

If the attempted murder charge had been left in place, Morton could have been facing 30 years in prison.

Officials said during the Nov. 7, 2011 assault, the husband of Morton’s ex-wife was stabbed by a black-clad assailant lurking on the property early that morning.

The spouse, 44, told authorities he was leaving for work around 4:30 a.m. when he noticed a ninja-clad subject standing at the back of his car. He yelled to his wife to call 911 and then asked the subject what he was doing.

Ninja man then charged, stabbing the spouse with a knife, according to an incident report. A struggle ensued in which the spouse suffered several wounds, including a stab wound to the back.

During the fight, the spouse managed to yank his assailant’s black mask off and hold him until deputies arrived, the report said.

Authorities said the attack followed several instances of harassment and property destruction.

Contact the writer: rwalker@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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(10) Comments

  1. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - October 13, 2012 8:17 am
    Oh, yeah. You know he'll have hours to pump iron every day now while we pay to house and feed him. Really ought to bring the chain gang back, imo. Make people think about what they're doing and not want the consequences. Better yet, make criminals pick long, long rows of bunch butter beans and shell them and give them to taxpayers for free... now that's real punishment.
  2. scfireman
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    scfireman - October 01, 2012 10:27 am
    Well atleast now he has 11 years to sharpen his ninjitsu skills before we let him out to do it again. I wonder if he kept his receipt from Wal Mart so he can take his costume back.
  3. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - September 26, 2012 8:47 am
    btw, I did notice that your moniker contains the acronym K.G.B. Are you a secret agent man?
  4. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - September 25, 2012 5:55 pm
    What are you, an attorney for the victim???

    I so wish I could remember that masked wrestler's name that I saw un-masked in about 1972 at the township auditorium. Now that was something to see!

    It's been a long day. Sorry. LOL
  5. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - September 25, 2012 5:33 pm
    We are not trying to make light of this very serious crime.

    The headline is funny as all get out though. And yes, gng, I just laughed out loud. And I do believe old crow would be proud! 'Cause you just can't make this stuff up!
  6. kgb5612
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    kgb5612 - September 25, 2012 4:05 pm
    To answer pedingsgang's question, a real ninja would never allow his headgear to be removed and most of all he would'nt been able to restrained him.
  7. gritsngravy
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    gritsngravy - September 25, 2012 11:11 am
    Is that a Katana in yer pocket or are you just happy to see me? *RIMSHOT*

    Yeah, OK.......you've heard it before.
  8. Sweetdee368
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    Sweetdee368 - September 25, 2012 9:25 am
    Seriously a Ninja he should got to Jail for attempted murder, some people can't let go.
  9. Hambone
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    Hambone - September 25, 2012 9:08 am
    How is this not attempted murder??????
  10. pedingsgang
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    pedingsgang - September 25, 2012 8:07 am
    And exactly how was it determined that the perpetrator was a FAKE ninja?

    If I was his attorney, I think I'd bring that up.
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