Grove woman sentenced to federal prison for stabbing witness

GROVE, Okla. – A judge gives a Grove woman 30 months in federal prison for stabbing a witness.

A judge in U.S. Federal Court sentenced Marie Morrow, 26, on Feb. 17, 2022, after she pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country. Due to the plea, the courts dropped another count of assault.

Original Charges

Originally, Marie Morrow faced charges in Delaware County District Court. Prosecutors charged her with intimidation of a witness, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree burglary. However, she’s a member of the Cherokee Nation so her case was dismissed due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the jurisdiction in Indian Country.

After the dismissal, the Cherokee Nation ended up filing charges in the case.

THE 2020 CRIME in Grove

On March 15, 2020, the Grove Police Department responded to a stabbing call at the Honey Creek Motel on Main Street. After arriving, officers discovered 23-year-old Brittany Watts had several cuts and stab wounds. EMS took her to a hospital in Joplin, Mo., for treatment of her injuries.

Police arrested Marie “Bailey” Elain Morrow the day of the incident and took Heather Louise Griffith into custody the next day.

During the investigation, authorities determined the motive of the assault. They believe the suspects assaulted Watts because she was testifying in a Delaware County murder trial.

Watts testified in February 2020 as a state witness in the Jerry Tapp murder case. The OSBI and the Delaware County Sheriff’s investigated Tapp’s homicide.

Prosecutors charged Dakota Buzzard, his father James Buzzard, and brother Cody Buzzard with the August 2019 murder of Tapp. They also charged James Buzzard and Dakota Buzzard with Shooting with Intent to Kill of Tapp’s girlfriend Cassie Gonzalez.

The investigation into Watts’ stabbing is ongoing.


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