July Trial Set for Suspect in 2013 Marathon Co. Jail Attack

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A three day jury trial is scheduled to begin July 8 for a 21-year-old Wausau man accused of attacking two corrections officers, seriously injuring one; while he was incarcerated at the Marathon County Jail in March 2013.

Fredrick Morris is charged with aggravated battery and two counts 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 returned to work in February.

Investigators say Christensen was in cellblock C with Woodward, attempting to retrieve food trays when Morris refused to hand his tray over. That's when investigators say Morris became combative and struck Christensen in the head and she collapsed. According to the Sheriff's Department, Morris also struck Woodward in the face multiple times.

Morris remains in custody in the Lincoln Co. Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

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

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

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