Judge denies bond for 26-year-old in connection with crash that killed Pulaski County deputy

Sgt. Perry Hodge was 49 years old


The man charged in a crash that killed a local deputy will remain behind bars.

A judge denied bond for 26-year-old Michael Morris who was arrested for murder last month in a crash that killed Sgt. Perry Hodge of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The 49-year-old deputy worked as a school resource officer and was well known in the community.

Morris will be back in court this spring.


The man authorities believe is responsible for the crash that killed a member of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is now in jail.

Michael Morris, 26, was booked in the New River Valley Regional Jail on Tuesday.

Sgt. Perry Hodge (Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)

He faces four charges in connection with the Jan. 14 crash that killed Sgt. Perry Hodge, according to the jail’s website:

  • Murder, involuntary manslaughter - vehicular - aggravated
  • Felony murder
  • Larceny, unauthorized use of an automobile worth $200 or more
  • Diving with a suspended license/reckless driving causing the death of another

Morris was taken to a hospital after the crash to be treated for serious injuries.

No information about an upcoming court date for him was available.

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