Edward McMorris: Judge nixes felony charges in beating case of puppy named Tater

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Big photos below.
In the past few weeks, we've shared the story of Edward McMorris, who was arrested after witnesses said he publicly tortured a puppy named Tater; see our more recent coverage below.

Now, however, a Boulder judge says the facts of the case don't justify the felony animal cruelty charge prosecutors had aimed at him.

As we've reported, Boulder Police officers were called to an area near the intersection of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard at about 11:48 p.m. on August 29, where they saw McMorris, described as a 26-year-old transient, dragging Tater by a leash.

When cops asked him to give them the dog, he's said to have refused and then reached for what's described as a "large metal object" hanging from his belt -- an action deemed sufficiently provocative that one of the officers tackled him. Witnesses later told police that McMorris repeatedly kicked Tater, even stomping on his head. The dog's cries were so loud that one woman driving past thought she'd run over him.

McMorris's appearance has gone through some serious changes in recent years. Here's a 2009 shot of him from his still-active Facebook page....

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McMorris in 2009.
...and here's a larger look at his booking photo.

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McMorris's late August mug shot.
After McMorris's arrest, Tater, who was reportedly born at a Rainbow Family gathering, was taken to the Boulder Emergency Animal Clinic, where his injuries were determined not to be life-threatening. As such, he was transferred to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, where a number of McMorris's friends tried to adopt him without success. They all proclaim McMorris's innocence.

Boulder County Judge David Archuleta didn't go quite that far during a court hearing yesterday covered by the Boulder Daily Camera. But neither did he agree that the actions for which McMorris has been accused rise to the felony level, particularly given that Tater suffered no permanent injuries.

The Boulder District Attorney's Office can appeal that decision or re-file against McMorris at the misdemeanor level, knowing that he's still got a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police officer hanging over his head. In the meantime, McMorris remains in Boulder County Jail on a $3,000 bond. Likewise, Tater is still at the Humane Society; he won't be put up for adoption until the case against McMorris is resolved.

Here's a look at Tater.

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Tater.
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16 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Hell , if the judge doesn't want to take care of this ........

JUSTICE FOR TATER !!!

Keloid
Keloid

Did the judge's parents have any children that lived?

Justin_Khase
Justin_Khase

Real tough guy. He should have his sorry *** stomped

Kaitlyn Griffiths
Kaitlyn Griffiths

No way! Ive dealt personally with the "rainbow" crowd...NOT in a good way!!

Bob Pearce
Bob Pearce

No way! His friends will probably make Tater disappear so he won't testify against him in court. The pup needs witness protection!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

No that's crazy so he can kill him. He should not be allowed any animal

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

No that's crazy so he can kill him. He should not be allowed any animal

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I have such a difficult time reading stories of this nature ...

As long as he is felony free and has his G.E.D. ,

he could become a cop and get paid to do this kinda'

shit to people . Somewhere deep inside this troubled young man ,

rests a Denver Police Officer crying to be unleashed ...

Aaron Harmon
Aaron Harmon

Are you kidding?!? That guy should be shot!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 

Stomping puppies .

Any chance of WW publishing his photo along w/ last known address ?

I'll donate a c-note towards REAL justice for Tater  !!!

Kat Wolff
Kat Wolff

No, because one's character can be judged by their friends. His friends may treat the dog the same way he did.

Scarifying
Scarifying

Oh, the Rainbow Family had him? Well, now we're DEFINITELY not giving him back! They're nothing but a bunch of stinky patchouli wearing ragtag transient bastards!

Elizabeth Erin Deak
Elizabeth Erin Deak

Nope...he shouldn't be allowed around that puppy again and he will be if his friends get him.

Christy Martin
Christy Martin

Not unless they're willing to stay away from the bastard that hurt him. Poor pup WILL remember him.

Becca Small
Becca Small

No! Send the cute pup somewhere far far away from that b*st*rd!

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