Hung jury in case of former utility company CEO accused of pointing gun at Ada deputy

Kenneth Morehouse
Kenneth Morehouse

A jury couldn’t reach a verdict this week in the case of a Boise man accused of pointing a firearm at an Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputy in February, according to court records.

No explanation for the deadlock was offered on the record. Jurors told the judge they were “at an impasse.”

The case started Feb. 22, when the estranged wife of Kenneth Morehouse, 57, called law enforcement just before 3 p.m. to a home on the 6200 block of West Long Beach Lane. Almost as soon as deputies arrived on scene, Morehouse reportedly pointed a gun at them and a deputy shot him in the shoulder.

Morehouse was treated in the hospital and taken into custody. Prosecutors claimed he was attempting “suicide by cop.”

Morehouse was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony, according to court records.

The jury trial started Monday, according to court records. A status conference is now scheduled for Dec. 22.

Morehouse filed for divorce in 2015, the same year a jury found him guilty of misdemeanor domestic battery. He was originally given a withheld judgment in that case, meaning a judge would erase the conviction if he successfully completed his sentence, including two years’ probation. But Morehouse was accused days after the February 2016 shooting of violating that probation, and admitted that he had to a judge in August, court records show.

Morehouse once served as president and chief executive officer of the MDU Resources Group Inc.’s utility group companies, including Intermountain Gas Co. in Boise. Morehouse resigned from the company in January 2015, shortly after domestic violence charges were filed. In February, an attorney for Morehouse said he had recently bought a restaurant in Canyon County.