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WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER

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A woman has been found guilty of first-degree murder in Loudon County. According to court officials, Deborah J. Morton was charged after the November 2013 death of her husband, Ralph F. Morton, at their Cattleman Drive home. Officers were dispatched to the home on a report of a possible suicide by gunshot. Deputies arrived to find Floyd Morton unresponsive on the couch in the living room. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Morton was later pronounced dead. Based on the investigation, detectives concluded that Floyd Morton’s death was not a suicide and that Deborah Morton had killed her husband. Morton’s trial got underway September 26, 2017 and concluded today (Thursday, October 5, 2017) with the jury returning a guilty verdict. Morton received life in prison. Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said he is proud of the prosecution team, the jury, and extra proud of his staff who put in long hours investigating the murder.


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