NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A fundraiser will be held at Mike Perry Motor Company from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to benefit Mark Morris, the deputy bailiff who was injured in a scuffle after he escorted an inmate from a Nacogdoches County courtroom on Aug. 11.
Judge Campbell Cox with the 145th Judicial District Court said that the fundraiser, which is being put on by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, will be a barbecue benefit. Each $10 plate will have chicken or brisket, potato salad, and a dessert. Donations will be accepted as well, according to a flyer posted on the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
The benefit will also feature a gun raffle. People attending the event can buy raffle tickets for a Henry Golden Boy .22-caliber rifle for $1 apiece. The drawing for the rifle will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 30.
Cox said Morris is in a bad situation. A few months before the deputy bailiff was injured, a tornado ripped through his house, Cox said.
Morris has been unable to return to work because he is still having medical like problems with his balance, speech, and sight, Cox said.
According to a press release, NCSO deputy Mark Morris, a 16-year veteran with the sheriff's office who works as a bailiff for the 145th Judicial District Court, was assisting with inmates during proceedings taking place in a county court-at-law. Keith Dean Cornell, 28, of Spring, started being disruptive and was removed from the second-floor courtroom, the press release stated.
Morris and other law enforcement officers escorted Cornell into a stairway, so Morris could take the inmate back to the county jail. When the officers entered the stairway, Cornell allegedly jerked away from a deputy and assaulted Morris, causing them both to fall down the stairway. Cornell landed on Morris, the press release stated.
Morris suffered cuts to his head and back. EMS personnel transported Morris and Cornell to a Nacogdoches hospital.