For the first time since an apparent suicide attempt following his wife’s December death, Morris Lynn “Moe” Long II walked into a courtroom Friday during a brief appearance on a charge that he beat her to death with a hammer. During previous court appearances for his preliminary hearing and arraignment, 23-year-old Long was in a wheelchair as he recovered from injuries suffered when he was hit by a truck on Interstate 40 on the morning his wife’s body was found in their Bishop Lane home. Wearing a walking boot on his left foot, Long slowly limped into Dickson County Circuit Court Friday just to have Judge George Sexton tell him that no disposition to the first-degree murder charge has been reached and he is still scheduled to stand trial Oct. 8. Long is being held at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville because of his medical needs for the injuries from what police said was a suicide attempt on Dec. 22. That morning 21-year-old Ashlee Brook “Sissy” Long was discovered beaten to death in her bed by her mother and step-father, who lived in the other half of the duplex. A TBI agent testified at Long’s preliminary hearing that he confessed twice to beating his wife to death with a hammer during an argument, stating first that he had been smoking marijuana and the second time claiming he was under the influence of cocaine. Long remains in jail without bond.