Image courtesy Renville County Jail

An Olivia man, Houston Morris, age 38, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to killing a 13-year-old Bird Island boy.

According to KWLM, on March 24, 2022, Morris was fighting with the mother of 13-year-old Isaac Hoff in the woman’s apartment in Olivia. When Isaac stepped in to try and try protect her, and Morris stabbed Hoff in the chest, killing him.

In Renville County District Court Wednesday, Morris pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder Without Intent and 2nd Degree Assault With a Dangerous Weapon. In exchange, a second charge of 2nd Degree Murder With Intent was dropped.

A presentence investigation was ordered and no sentencing date has yet been set. Morris May 1st jury trial was cancelled.