DA to add charge in case vs. Morris Texas official will seek to amend assault here to probation evaluation

November 22, 1997|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Rockwall County, Texas, District Attorney Ray Sumrow said he will introduce a motion Monday to amend the second-degree assault charges filed by a woman earlier this week to two other conditions that Ravens running back Bam Morris allegedly violated under the terms of his six-year probation.

Morris, 25, will have to appear before District Court Judge Sue Pirtle on Tuesday at 1 p.m. but it seems unlikely that he will have a hearing that day for violating conditions of his probation because of the amendment, according to a source close to the investigation.

"It appears to me we have an assault charge, and one of the terms of his probation is that assault cannot be committed in this state or any other state," said Sumrow. "At that point, it is the judge's decision whether to amend it or not."

According to a source, Pirtle probably will listen to the motion but neither Sumrow nor Keith Wheeler, Morris' attorney, have completed the investigation on Morris' latest charges.

"Bam Morris has to attend, but more or less it will be two attorneys trying to find a suitable date for both parties," said the source.

Last Monday, Morris was charged with second-degree assault on a Texas woman after an incident Sunday night at a party for teammate Orlando Brown at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Tuesday's court date originally was set for Morris to face charges of violating his probation by using alcohol and failing to report to his probation officer seven times between July 6, 1996, and August 1997.

The probation came after Morris pleaded guilty to marijuana possession after his arrest in March 1996 on Interstate 30 near Rockwall, where a police officer discovered nearly 6 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car. Morris served a five-game suspension at the start of last season.

Morris violated the NFL's policy on alcohol and substance abuse in January and served a four-game suspension at the beginning of this season.

Next for Ravens

Opponent: Arizona Cardinals

Site: Memorial Stadium

When: Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: No TV/WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Ravens by 4

Series: First meeting

% Tickets: 6,200 remain

Pub Date: 11/22/97

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