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UPDATE: Jail Attack Suspect Found Competent, Will Head to Trial

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UPDATE: Wed 10:39 AM, Feb. 12, 2014

A 21-year-old man accused of attacking two officers at the Marathon County Jail last March has been found competent and will stand trial in May.

Fredrick Morris had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to felony charges of aggravated battery with the intent of causing bodily harm and battery by a prisoner.

Corrections Officer Denney Woodward was treated and released for his injuries. Corrections Officer Julie Christensen spent several weeks in a coma, but will return to work in February.

Morris is being held at the Lincoln County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

The trial is expected to last three days.

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UPDATE: 9/12 at 11:47 a.m.

A 20-year-old man accused of attacking two officers at the Marathon County Jail leaving one still in serious condition, is requesting a second opinion in his mental competency hearing.

Fredrick Morris appeared in Marathon County Court Thursday morning where a judge was set to decide whether or not Morris was competent to stand trial.

Morris plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to felony charges of aggravated battery with the intent of causing bodily harm and battery by a prisoner back in April.

Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Lance Leonard tells NewsChannel 7 that according to state law Morris can seek up to three different opinions.

Morris is being held at the Lincoln County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.
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UPDATE: 5/6 at 2:13 p.m.

Fredrick Morris has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to two counts of battery by prisoners, and aggravated battery.

A judge has order Morris undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

A competency hearing is expected to take place in June.

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UPDATE: 5/6 at 10:29 a.m.

Fredrick Morris, 20, is scheduled to enter a plea to charges accusing him of injuring two corrections officers during a jail attack, leaving one in serious condition.

The incident happened March 27 at the Marathon County Jail.

Morris is charged with two counts of battery by prisoners, and aggravated battery. If convicted on all counts, he faces maximum sentence of 18 years in prison.

NewsChannel 7's Colin Mayfield will be at the hearing and will provide updates during Monday's newscasts.

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UPDATE: 4/24 at 10:26 a.m.

A 20-year-old man accused of attacking two officers at the Marathon County Jail leaving one still in serious condition, appeared in person Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Fredrick Morris waived his right to the preliminary hearing and will return to court May 1 for a pretrial conference.

Security was tighter than normal at the courthouse. Everyone who entered the courtroom was required to go through a metal detector.

During Wednesday's hearing a public defender was also appointed for Fredrick Morris.

He's scheduled to enter a plea to the charges May 6.

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UPDATE: 4/18 at 2:37 p.m.

Fredrick Morris, 20, remains behind bars in Lincoln County on a $250,000 cash bond.

He's charged with two counts of battery by prisoners and aggravated battery- intentionally causing harm.

He'll return to court April 24 to find out if his case will head to trial.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in prison.

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UPDATE: 4/18 at 12:27 p.m.

Fredrick Morris is expected to make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon via video conference from the Lincoln County Jail.

Morris is the suspect in the March 27 jail attack that injured two officers at the Marathon County Jail. Corrections Officer Denney Woodward was treated and released for his injuries. Corrections Officer Julie Christensen is still undergoing treatment for her injuries at an area hospital.

NewsChannel 7's Colin Mayfield is following this case and will be in the courtroom this afternoon.

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UPDATE: 4/2 at 10:07 a.m.

Chief Deputy Scott Parks says a female corrections officer injured March 27 during a jail attack remains in the intensive care unit.

During a press conference held Tuesday morning, Parks says the the officer, Julie Christensen was in cellblock C with another officer, Denny Woodward, attempting to retrieve food trays when an inmate refused to hand his tray over. Parks says the inmate, Fredrick Morris, 20, became combative and struck Christensen in the head and she collapsed. He says Morris also struck Woodward in the face multiple times. Woodward was treated and released for his injuries.

Fredrick Morris was transferred to the Lincoln Co. Jail. He is expected to face criminal charges stemming from the attack, however those charges have not been filed.

Morris' mother was present at Tuesday's press conference. She said she has her own questions about what went on that day and has heard nothing from law enforcement. She said she was made aware of the incident through Facebook.

Morris had been in the Marathon Co. Jail since February 1, 2013 on drug charges.

A benefit account has been established at Integrity First Bank for Officer Christensen.

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UPDATE: 3/29 at 12:34 p.m

The Marathon County Administrator tells NewsChannel 7 the inmate accused of attacking two corrections officers at the Marathon County Jail on Wednesday has been transferred to a different jail.

More information is expected to be released Tuesday during a press conference.

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UPDATE: 3/28 at 12:17 p.m.

A Lieutenant with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says a male corrections officer injured Wednesday at the jail was treated and released from the hospital that evening.

The Lieutenant would not comment on the other officer's condition, but did confirm she is still in the hospital.

A press conference is scheduled to be held April 2.

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UPDATE: 3/28 at 9:16 p.m.

The Wausau Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice of Criminal are assisting the Marathon County Sheriff's Department into their investigation of an attack that sent two corrections officers to the hospital.

According to a news release, on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. the officers entered a cell block in the jail to take corrective action securing the inmates of that cell block in their assigned cells.

During this time, one of the inmates became combative and attacked one of the officers. The officer was struck in the head and was knocked out. The other officer attempted to gain control of the inmate, but also became injured. Both officers were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Their names and conditions are not being released at this time.

Both corrections officer have been with the sheriff's department since 2001.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 3/27 at 3:05 p.m.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says they'll release more information Thursday about the incident that sent two corrections officers to the hospital.

Very few details are being released at this time. NewsChannel 7 will update this story once we learn more.


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