There’s not a day that goes by that Regina Couch Bodine doesn’t think about Aug. 22, 2000. That’s the day her then-estranged husband, Jackie Lynn Morrow, shot and killed her father, Merle Couch.

Now, the date Couch is thinking about is Oct. 20, 2022. That’s when Morrow is scheduled to have a parole hearing. He’s been denied early release by the parole board every time he’s had a hearing. 

Bodine hopes this hearing has the same result.

“Anyone who knows anything about my personal life, knows that in 2000, my life changed forever,” she said. “My dad, Merle Couch, was killed by my ex, Jackie Lynn Morrow. 

“He attempted to kill me,” she continued. “He was convicted of manslaughter and attempted murder.”

Bodine said she would appreciate as many people as possible voicing their opposition to Morrow’s early release from prison. 

The e-mail address for such letters is:

In the subject line put: “Jackie Lynn Morrow AIS# 00241677.”

Morrow was convicted in June 2002 of manslaughter in the shooting death of Merle Couch and attempted murder for shooting twice at Regina. 

But it was nearly three years later, in the summer of 2005, when Morrow began serving his sentence. He had been out of jail on bond between the shooting and the trial, then remained free on an appeal bond while his lawyers filed appeal after appeal.

He is serving his sentence at Camden community-based facility in Camden. He has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence.

Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall said his office will oppose Morrow’s early release from prison.

Marshall County District Attorney Everett Johnson, who prosecuted Morrow as an assistant DA, has opposed Morrow’s previous parole request with every “fiber of my being.”

He said Tuesday he again would be opposing Morrow’s early release. 

Difficult still

Bodine’s biggest fear, as one might imagine, is that Morrow will get paroled and come back to finish the job.

“He tried to kill me,” she said. “He’s had 17 years to think about it and get mad about it. If he gets out, I will have to get a protection order, but that’s just a piece of paper.

“If he gets out, I will constantly be looking over my shoulder,” she continued. “If he gets out, my anxiety and PTSD will be so much worse because I will be constantly worried that he’s going to show up, wondering if he’s watching me, wondering if he’s going to try to hurt me again or one of my loved ones in order to get back at me.”

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Morrow was convicted in June 2002 of manslaughter in the shooting death of Merle Couch and attempted murder for shooting twice at Regina.


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