Siblings accused of tying woman's ex to bumper, dragging him down dirt road
SAMSULA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Samsula woman and her brother are accused of trying to kill the woman's ex-husband by tying him to the bumper of a pickup truck and dragging him by his ankles for a half-mile down a dirt road.
Jeanette Morris, 61, and her brother, Harold Anderson, 63, face attempted murder and aggravated assault charges for a "brutal attack" on Robert Hall on Tuesday evening, Volusia County investigators said.
A third accomplice, Joan Hobart, 46, of New Smyrna Beach, was found in Port Orange and booked on the same charges.
Robert Hall, 54, ended up at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with a broken pelvis, broken facial bones and bleeding on his brain.
Tyler Shevelan got a knock at his door after 8 p.m. Tuesday and was greeted by a bloody, beaten Hall asking for help.
"There was an older guy with a rope around his neck and his underwear ripped from where he was drug. He was bleeding from the back side, face, mouth, everywhere you can think of," Shevelan said. "He had ropes around his wrist, ankles, around his neck."
Hall explained to Shevelan what happened and asked him to call 911.
Hall told police his ex-wife, her brother and another woman conspired to kill him.
Deputies say the trio zapped him with a stun gun, held him at gunpoint and beat him in the face before tying him up to a pickup truck.
They drove the truck down a rural, dirt road while the man dragged behind, wearing almost nothing.
Hall was tossed in the bed of the truck, and when the beaten and bloody man heard talk of burying his body, he jumped from the moving truck and ran to a nearby house for help, according to investigators.
Morris denied to deputies that anything had happened. Deputies say when they questioned Anderson, his right hand was bloody and swollen, and he didn't seem remorseful. They say he told them it wouldn't have bothered him if the victim had died and that the only thing he regretted was not being there to see him dragged behind the truck.