Kenneth Morris
Kenneth Morris

July 12, 2017

A 49-year-old Carroll man is accused of pressing his machete to the neck of another man in a drunken altercation on Saturday.

Kenneth Emerson Morris is charged with assault with intent to inflict serious injury and public intoxication. The assault charge is punishable by up to two years in prison.

The fight was reported about 9:30 p.m. at Hobbs County Park about 7 miles north of Glidden, according to court records.

Morris was camping at the park that weekend with his girlfriend and another man whom she invited to come along.

Morris told the Daily Times Herald he was suspicious the other man wanted to steal his girlfriend, and that the man was constantly making derogatory comments about Morris.

“I just remember this guy pushing me all day long,” Morris said. “I guess something snapped. I don’t remember the incident.”

Court records show that Morris tackled the man, who was sitting in a camping chair. The man wrestled with Morris and pinned him to the ground, but when he let go, Morris allegedly grabbed his machete and pressed it to the man’s neck and threatened to kill him in his sleep.

It’s unclear how the fight ended, but no one was seriously injured, Sheriff Ken Pingrey said.

“They’re making me out to be some boogeyman,” Morris said. “If I wanted to harm this man, he would have been harmed. I keep my machete very sharp.”

Morris said he will not go camping with the man again.