No arrest had been made Tuesdsay in the June 8 beating of 70-year-old Pembroke resident Devon Morris.
According to Pembroke Police Department Chief Mark Crowe, who visited Morris at Memorial Hospital Tuesday, Morris "appeared to be doing somewhat better and his nurse said he is slowly improving." However, Crowe said it is likely
Morris will remain hospitalized "for a while" and is still in no shape to be interviewed.
In addition to the lacerations to his head and face sustained in the attack, Morris is suffering from pneumonia and emphysema.
He was reportedly attacked last week while lying in his bed.
Crowe said three people entered and ransacked the home in the early morning hours after breaking out the back window.
Morris reportedly was asleep when he was attacked and woke to find he was being beaten with objects lying around his bedroom, including a hammer and a fan.
Morris, who is on oxygen due to emphysema and does not own a telephone, reportedly walked a half block to his friend Gabby Hall’s pet grooming shop. Hall said she immediately called Pembroke Police and EMS after seeing her friend covered in blood, breathing heavily, "about to pass out."
Morris implicated Bulloch County resident Donna Hodges as one of the three attackers, and Hodges underwent a polygraph test on Monday.
Crowe did not reveal the results of the test. "We’re still investigating this case and hope to make an arrest soon," he said.