Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Investigators Wait on Victim's Recovery to Get Statement

Muldrow police are waiting on a stabbing victim to recover to some degree so they can get a statement from him.

Muldrow Police found Joseph Morton, 36, stabbed three times in an apartment at 303 E. Shawntel Smith Blvd. in Muldrow at about 3 a.m. Saturday. Before Morton was transported to the ICU at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, he was able to tell the officers that he recognized one of the men who assaulted him. That man was Tyler Duane Chapman, 22, of Muldrow. Police found and arrested Chapman who led them to Reeves E. Gentry, 38.  Reeves surrendered to police on Sunday. 

Muldrow Police Chief George Lawson said investigators are waiting on Morton to awake from medications he is on to get a statement from him and find out why he was attacked. Lawson said Chapman tells officers that Gentry did the stabbing but Gentry says Chapman did the stabbing.

Lawson said Morton is expected to recover from the assault. Both Chapman and Gentry were booked into the county jail on first-degree burglary and aggravated assault and battery charges. Chapman was free on a $20,000 bond and Gentry was still in jail on Monday.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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