Woman charged in connection with alleged burglary, battery at KU sorority chapter house
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A woman has been charged in connection with an alleged violent incident at a University of Kansas sorority chapter house.
Court documents allege that Sarah Nicole Morgan, 43, entered the Delta Delta Delta house at 1630 Oxford Road and battered an employee there. She is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated battery “in any manner whereby great bodily harm, disfigurement or death could be inflicted,” according to the complaint filed in her case.
The alleged incident was reported to Lawrence police around 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, according to department records. Morgan was arrested that afternoon and held without bond, Douglas County Jail records indicate. She appeared before a judge the next day, and the judge allowed her to be released with pretrial monitoring on $20,000 own-recognizance bond, according to jail and court records.
Morgan is from Florida and she had been staying with the sorority employee at the employee’s private residence, according to discussion at a court hearing in Morgan’s case Thursday. One condition of her pretrial release is that Morgan is not to return to the sorority house. She must also wear an ankle bracelet GPS monitor.
In a financial affidavit seeking a court-appointed attorney, Morgan wrote that she was employed at Berkowitz Law Office. However, the defense attorney appointed to her, Jerry Wells, told Douglas County District Court Judge Amy Hanley Thursday that Morgan was currently seeking employment.
Wells said Morgan intends to reside in Lawrence. He asked to have Morgan’s pretrial monitoring conditions modified to have her ankle bracelet removed so that she could go out and find a job.
Prosecutor Eve Kemple, however, asked the judge to keep the bracelet on. She said the sorority employee had contacted the district attorney’s office asking for the home at which Morgan had been staying to be included in the no-contact order.
A person who answered the phone at Berkowitz Law Firm Friday afternoon, asked whether Morgan is still employed there, said she didn’t think she could answer any questions. Attorney David Berkowitz did not immediately respond to an email from the Journal-World Friday.
The Journal-World’s attempts to contact Wells and Delta Delta Delta’s vice president of public relations were unsuccessful Friday.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declined to release Morgan’s booking photo to the newspaper.
Morgan’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 12.
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