published Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Murder charges against amputee woman sent to grand jury

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    Laura Morgan has been arrested and charged with the 1st Degree Murder of James Masingil and Especially Aggravated Robbery.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A 48-year-old legless woman charged with beating a man to death from her wheelchair with a crowbar will now face a grand jury on murder charges.

A Chattanooga police detective testified today that Laura Lee Morgan claimed James Masingill, 73, first attacked her with a crowbar but she caught the weapon and beat him with it.

Afterward she took $200 from his wallet and bought crack cocaine.

He was found dead in a living room chair facing a television at their shared 3401 S. Orchard Knob Ave.

Sessions Judge Christie Mahn Sell sent the charges to the grand jury after a preliminary hearing today.

For more see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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