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Man accused of father's murder under psychiatric care

George Morris III struggled against authorities as he was led out in cuffs Wednesday. (Source: WAFF) George Morris III struggled against authorities as he was led out in cuffs Wednesday. (Source: WAFF)
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Authorities said a murder suspect is undergoing observation by psychiatric professionals following the man's arrest for the murder of his father.

George Morris III is charged with murder and robbery.

Police said Morris stabbed his father more than two dozen times and then stole a woman's car at knifepoint to get away from the crime scene.

George Morris III is currently being held at a local hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation following his behavior Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff Ronnie May said Morris was so combative when he arrived at his jail, they made the decision to send him to the hospital for an evaluation on his mental status.

A copy of the formal complaint filed against Morris was obtained Thursday afternoon. According to the complaint, investigators said Morris stabbed his father in the chest, abdomen and neck numerous times.

After the murder, police said Morris held at knifepoint a woman who came by to check on his father.

Investigators said the woman managed to escape her car, and that's when Morris jumped in the driver's seat and left.

Police said they located Morris a short time later at the Hardee's in Tuscumbia with the stolen car, cuts to his finger, and a blood-covered knife in the driver's seat.

As of Thursday afternoon, Morris remains under psychiatric care at a local hospital.

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