Warren man indicted in murder of RI chiropractor

FILE PHOTO -- Owen Morris is arraigned in Providence District Court on a charge of first-degree murder, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (WJAR)

A 21-year-old Warren man has been indicted on one count of murder in the death of a chiropractor, authorities announced Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Attorney General said Owen Morris was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Clive Bridgham.

Authorities said that on or about January 10, Morris stabbed Bridgham multiple times with an “edged weapon.”

Bridgham’s body was found on the floor of his home on Pleasant Street in East Providence during a well-being check on Jan. 11. Investigators said he died the day before.

Later that month, NBC 10 I-Team sources reported that Morris filed a complaint against Bridgham with the Rhode Island Department of Health. It alleged that Bridgham "violated the professional boundaries of the physician/patient relationship."

The complaint eventually led to the chiropractor surrendering his license in 2017.

While police would not comment on whether they believe the complaint is a motive for the crime, but added that the men knew each other both professionally and personally.

But police previously told NBC 10 News that Bridgham's killing was not random.

"He was definitely targeted," East Providence Police Chief Christopher Parella said. "We don’t feel that there's any increased threat to any of the neighbors or anyone else in the city. We believe strictly this was a targeted attack."

Authorities did not reveal what led them to that conclusion or whether it had anything to do with his work.

Morris, who was ordered held without bail, was scheduled to be arraigned August 1.

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