Suffolk delegate claims wife abused him

13News Now Kristina Zverjako

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Suffolk Delegate Richard Morris, who is facing several charges for alleged assault, is now claiming his wife abused him and both have taken out protective orders against each other.

The 47-year-old Suffolk native is accused of assaulting two of his family members, a boy and a woman, at the family's home.

“The truth is going to come out, not these lies, distortions and more lies,” said Morris as he walked out of the courthouse.

Morris now claims his wife has also assaulted him at least three times. Court documents obtained by 13News Now outline Morris’ concerns. Morris outlined that the couple had at least three fights where his wife, Kathryn, got abusive.

In the most recent alleged incident on August 15, Morris says the fight ended when “I got up and I made a derogatory comment to her mental status and she punched me in the eye causing a large welt. I went outside. On Sunday, 18 Sep 16 I told her I wanted a divorce.”

Both Richard and Kathryn Morris have protective orders against each other.

Kathryn Morris did not address the situation after the hearing, but her lawyer told 13News Now that “she understands the seriousness of the situation, her main concern is for her children, and we are just going to let the court decide what it’s going to decide.”

The couple is set to appear in court on November 8.


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