The Toll

Tracking Chattanooga's Homicides


James Masingill

Date: 1/26/13

Gender: Male

Age: 73

Race: White

Time: Undetermined

Suspect(s): Laura Lee Morgan, 48

Status: Suspect convicted

What happened:

James Masingill, 73, is bludgeoned to death with a crowbar. Police say he is found in his chair, facing the TV, with 17 strike marks on his body. Laura Lee Morgan, 48, is arrested and charged with first-degree murder. She tells police she attacked Masingill to steal $200 from his wallet to buy crack. In 2015, she pleads guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter and is sentenced to 16 years.

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