SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Del. Rick Morris (R — 64th District) said in a statement he posted on Facebook Monday that he is confident he will be “completely vindicated.”
In September, Morris was charged with seven felonies and seven misdemeanors in connection to alleged domestic incidents.
During Morris’ preliminary hearing last week, a Suffolk judge dismissed six of the seven felony charges against him. One felony was certified to the grand jury. That charge involves an incident on Sept. 16, when Morris’ stepson alleges he was hit with a belt, said Nicole Belote, Morris’ attorney.
Seven misdemeanors against Morris were nolle prossed, meaning the charges were withdrawn, but it is possible that they can be brought back at a later time.
“This is the first step on the road to vindication,” Morris said in the lengthy Facebook post.
Morris’ statement continues, “As the hearing transcript will show [the child] admitted to being untruthful to the police and the physician who interviewed him.”
He goes on to say that the child’s mother asked for help disciplining the child.
Media was banned from attending Morris’ preliminary hearing, so WAVY-TV cannot confirm his account of what happened in the courtroom. The Daily Press has since filed an appeal to Suffolk Circuit Court on behalf of all media.
Stay with WAVY.com for continuing coverage of this developing story.