Man found guilty of choking wife, fracturing bones in her face in Newton County

Credit: Newton County District Attorney's Office

Credit: Newton County District Attorney's Office

A man was found guilty Friday of choking his wife during a domestic incident, fracturing several bones in her face, authorities said.

Morrio Arico Freeman, 37, of Abbeville, was convicted on counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, making false statements and influencing a witness among other charges, according to the Newton County District Attorney’s Office.

Chief Assistant DA Randy McGinley told that the incident took place at a home off Ivy Street in Porterdale a little after midnight July 29, 2018. Freeman fled to Alabama after seriously injuring the woman.

He was later arrested by U.S. Marshals. When he was taken into custody, he was possessing a firearm and cocaine, the release said.

Mobile, Ala.,-based news station WKRG-TV reported that he was arrested in Orange Beach in August 2018. According to cellphone video obtained by the news station, several law enforcement officers surrounded the the vehicle Freeman was in while having their guns drawn. Children were also reportedly inside the car at the time.

Freeman has served more than seven years in Georgia prisons since 2006, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. His prior convictions all come from Newton County and consist of aggravated assault, cruelty to children, theft by taking, terroristic threats and firearm possession charges.

His arrest in Alabama violated his parole on a prior conviction, sending him back to prison, GDC records show. He remained in jail until last week, when he was moved to the Newton County Jail so he could attend his trial.

Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections

Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections

The sentencing for his latest conviction has not been scheduled.

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