La Plata, MD – A Charles County Circuit Court jury found Kenny Earl Morris, 56 of Waldorf, guilty on four of five charges Friday, Feb. 6, including attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and wearing and carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure.
Morris was acquitted of a fifth charge, that of attempted voluntary manslaughter.
Morris’ co-defendant, Patricia Lynn Johnson, was found not guilty of first-degree assault but was found guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree assault.
The verdict concluded a week-long trial concerning the violent assault of Tyrone Jeter in Waldorf Jan. 31, 2014.
Jeter testified he was stabbed multiple times by the defendant Morris, and was assaulted by Johnson during the attack over a parking space at the townhouse complex where they lived three doors down from each other.
Morris’ attorney asked for Morris to remain out on a $100,000 property bond, saying that his client was not a flight risk and had appeared in court for every instance he was required to.
Charles County Circuit Court Judge H. James West told Morris the real issue was, “You were just convicted of a handful of charges including attempted second-degree murder.
“Mr. Morris will be in custody until sentencing,” West told Simpson.
Johnson’s attorney, Michael Lovelace asked that bond be revoked for his client, a request Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Freeman objected to.
“Regardless of what the offers were before, she [Johnson] shed a whole new light on this case,” Freeman said. “The jury’s verdict speaks loudly that the jury obviously did not believe Ms. Johnson’s testimony.”
Johnson told West, “I’d like to stay out until sentencing,” telling the court she had shown up at court whenever requested to.
“Although the jury returned a misdemeanor conviction, this was a brutal heinous attack,” Freeman countered.
“Anytime there is a conviction, there is a risk of fleeing,” West said, ordering Johnson be held on $25,000 bond.
Both defendants were placed in handcuffs and led out of the courtroom.
West said sentencing in the case would take place May 7.
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