CHINA GROVE, NC (AP) — Investigators in Rowan County say a man held a double-barreled shotgun to a woman’s head and made her read her favorite scripture.
Investigators said Morton held 19-year-old Elizabeth Nichols against her will inside his bedroom, pressing a shotgun to her head and, at one point, a screwdriver against her throat. A report said Morton stood behind Nichols and held the gun to her head as she read.
Nichols escaped and called 911. Morton was arrested as he walked in a ditch near his home.
Morton was jailed under a $35,500 bond. His attorney wasn’t immediately available for comment Tuesday.
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