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NY TV anchor accused of choking wife at Conn. home

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Rob Morrison

This booking photo released by the Darien, Conn., Police Department shows WCBS-TV anchor Rob Morrison arrested Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his home in Darien. Police said he fought with his wife and then choked her at their home and threatened her even after he was arrested. Morrison was scheduled to be in court Tuesday on charges of strangulation, threatening and disorderly conduct. (AP Photo/Darien Police Department)

A New York City TV anchorman issued a death threat against his wife as he was being arrested on charges of attacking her at their Connecticut home, according to a court document released Tuesday.

A Darien, Conn., police officer wrote that Morrison, who Darien, Conn., police officer wrote that Morrison, who works for WCBS-TV, "threatened that if he was released from police custody, he would kill his wife."

The document was offered in Superior Court in Stamford, Conn., in support of an order of protection against Morrison. Judge Kenneth Povadator ordered Morrison to stay 100 yards away from Ashley Morrison except when they're both at work.

She works for "CBS Moneywatch."

Morrison, 44, was charged Sunday with strangulation, threatening and disorderly conduct. Officers had been called by Morrison's mother-in-law to the couple's home in Darien. They said Morrison had been belligerent toward his wife throughout the night and had wrapped his hands around her neck, leaving red marks.

Morrison's lawyer, Robert Skovgaard, did not enter a plea at the arraignment. He said afterward a plea would come "at the appropriate time."

Skovgaard said Monday that the allegations had been exaggerated and on Tuesday he referred to his previous statement.

Outside the courthouse, Morrison said: "I did not choke my wife. I've never raised my hands to my wife."

He was released on the $100,000 bond he posted Sunday. He is due back in court March 26.

Morrison, who has been a combat correspondent and was a reporter and anchor for WNBC-TV, anchors WCBS-TV's news programs "This Morning" and "News at Noon." Ashley Morrison worked for Bloomberg Television before joining "CBS MoneyWatch."

The couple has a young son.

Skovgaard said that because of the order of protection, Morrison "will not be going home tonight."

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