Husband charged with stabbing wife - KCTV5

Husband charged with stabbing wife

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© Robert Lee Morgan, Jr. © Robert Lee Morgan, Jr.
LEXINGTON, MO (KCTV) -

Imagine your neighbor showing up on your doorstep, bleeding and begging for help.

That horrifying scene unfolded in front of one woman and her boyfriend when a bitter divorce battle boiled over into the street in Lexington.

Neighbors didn't know the couple well, but said the man charged in court Monday seemed pretty decent, a helpful neighbor and they never heard any excessive fighting.

But court documents paint a picture of domestic violence and depression that headed downhill fast.

Crime tape was still up around the Lexington home Monday afternoon where police say the stabbing happened about 11 p.m. Sunday.

The victim, stabbed and with cuts on her arms, chest and neck, somehow managed to escape the home with her teen daughter and get all the way to her neighbor's house.

The woman there says she tried to comfort the teen while her boyfriend grabbed a towel for the victim to apply pressure to her neck.

The victim named her attacker, Robert Morgan. Neighbors say he was her husband.

Court documents allege he came at her with a box cutter.  Police kicked in the door when he wouldn't come out and found him in a smoke-filled back bedroom, where they say he'd lit a pillow on fire in an attempt to burn down the house.

He is now charged with first-degree domestic assault, with an alternative charge of attempted second degree murder.

On June 18, he was charged with third-degree domestic assault.

Police say his victim had a temporary restraining order against him at the time of the stabbing. And online court records show a divorce filing that hit the books yesterday.

Robert Morgan was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be self-inflicted cuts in his wrists.

At the hospital, a jailer heard him report that he had been depressed for several months and wanted to kill himself, KCTV 5's Betsy Webster reported.

He is set to be arraigned on the latest charges Wednesday, the same day as his arraignment for the previous domestic assault charge.

The victim's injuries were critical Sunday night and no updates from police have been given for better or for worse.

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