Wilmington man indicted in connection with February stabbing death

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Adam Allen Morton
Adam Allen Morton

A Wilmington man and his girlfriend have been indicted in connection with the armed robbery and stabbing death of a 37-year-old man in February.

Adam Allen Morton, 23, was indicted March 23 on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of William Joseph Elliot on Feb. 28, according to New Hanover County Superior Court records. His girlfriend–34-year-old Jamie Dee Cooper–was indicted with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

Elliott was found fatally stabbed at a Gale Road home in New Hanover County at 12:20 a.m. March 1, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. The investigation into his death began after domestic violence incident was reported at a local hotel.

Morton was originally charged on March 1 with first-degree murder in Elliot’s death and assault by strangulation in connection with the domestic assault case.

Morton and Cooper now face additional charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to indictments. They are charged with robbing Elliot at knife-point and taking a wallet, truck and money.

Jamie Dee Cooper
Jamie Dee Cooper

Cooper is charged with assisting Morton in his attempt to escape arrest by following Morton as he drove away from the scene of the crime “in the victim’s vehicle to dispose of it,” according to an indictment. Cooper is also accused of renting a hotel room, where she and Morton stayed “for the purposes of eluding law enforcement.”

Cooper is being held at the New Hanover County jail under a $250,000 secured bond. Morton is being held without bond. Morton and Cooper are scheduled to make appearances in New Hanover County Superior Court on May 11.

Morton’s assault by strangulation charge remains in New Hanover County District Court, according to court records.

Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or christina.h@portcitydaily.com.