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Ex-wife arrested after Florida man dragged behind truck

Jeanette Morris, Harold Anderson, Joan Hobart

Two women and a man are facing attempted murder charges after authorities say they shocked a Florida man with a stun gun and beat him before tying him to a truck's bumper and dragging him a half-mile down a road.

Jeannette Morris, 61, her brother, 63-year-old Harold Anderson, and 46-year-old Joan Hobart are also charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit murder in the Tuesday incident in Samsula, Volusia County Sheriff's Office officials said.


Authorities say Morris, Anderson and Hobart were drinking vodka with Morris' ex-husband in the home she shares with him when the three attacked the ex-husband.

The 54-year-old ex-husband was shocked several times with the stun gun and repeatedly punched in the face and had a gun put to his head. He then had his hands tied behind his back and he was dragged outside, where his ankles were tied and the rope was attached to the rear bumper of a pickup truck, authorities said.

The man was dragged down the road before the truck stopped and he was tossed in the back. The trio cut off some of his hair and talked about scalping him and finding a hole in which to bury him, authorities said.

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At one point, the man was able to break free and jump from the moving truck and ran to a nearby home to get help. Authorities say he showed up at the home beaten and bloody wearing only his torn underwear and ropes around his neck and wrist.

He was treated at the scene and later taken to a Daytona hospital's intensive surgical care unit with a broken pelvis, broken facial bones and bleeding in his brain.

Deputies found Morris who had dried blood on her clothes and hand but denied her involvement in the attack and said the blood came from breaking up a fight between dogs, authorities said.

Anderson was also found with a swollen right hand with cut and bloody knuckles, authorities said. He had a gun and a shovel and showed no remorse, authorities said, saying it wouldn't have bothered him if the victim had died.

Hobart, of New Smyrna Beach, was arrested Wednesday night. All three remained in custody early Friday and it was unknown whether they have attorneys.