Louisville teen convicted of murder in stabbing death of Alliance man

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A Louisville teenager has been found guilty of murder and felonious assault for stabbing and killing an Alliance man last year.

17-year-old Marissa Smith was found guilty of stabbing Michael Morris at a park on Sept. 13 of 2022.

Her sentencing is scheduled for May 22 at 10 a.m. The trial began on Monday and concluded with deliberations on Thursday evening.

Smith had a co-defendant, her 15-year-old brother, who is facing charges in the juvenile court system.

Police say Michael Morris of Alliance was involved in some kind of altercation with Smith and other teenagers.

The incident came to the attention of law enforcement when an officer patrolling Wildwood Park was flagged down by a civilian around 4 p.m. The civilian reported a stabbing in the park. The officer promptly called for backup, and additional officers along with the Louisville Fire Department responded to the scene. They discovered Morris suffering from a stab wound in his chest, inflicted by a knife.

Despite the efforts of the officers, firefighters, and other responders who performed life-saving measures, Morris succumbed to his injuries shortly after being transported to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital.

According to the Louisville Police, the altercation between the parties involved was rooted in previous unresolved conflicts. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and the Louisville Police urge anyone with information to contact them at (330) 875-1607.