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D.A. will seek death penalty against Scott Morris

Posted January 20, 2010

— Granville County prosecutors filed notice Jan. 12 that they plan to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing his wife.

William Scott Morris, 35, of 113 W. Church St. in Creedmoor, was charged in November with first-degree murder and fraudulently burning a dwelling.

His wife, Kelly Morris, was last seen Sept. 3, 2008. The following day, the house she shared with her family at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road caught fire, which officials ruled was arson. Hours afterward, authorities found Morris' car about a mile from her home with her keys, purse and cell phone inside.

Authorities found the skeletal remains of Kelly Morris, 28, Nov. 17 and charged her husband on the same day.

A Rule 24 hearing was scheduled for Jan. 27. At that time, District Attorney Sam Currin will present the case for the death penalty.


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  • betty8i Jan 21, 2010

    Sam Currin? Any relation to victim's family?

    I do not think there is any relation, or he would not be working this case.

    I am glad to see some justice is done. Granville county seems to have a lot more crime these days, and what was once a place I felt safe to live, is no longer. I can't wait to see how this ends.

  • Kimbby Jan 20, 2010

    I'm torn between whether I think him getting the death penalty, so that he can just get it over with and not have to live with the consequences of his actions, or just giving him life in prison without parole. He should suffer, and prison seems like a wonderful place for him to do so. I hope he drops the soap numerous times! Kelly was such a wonderful and fun person to be around.

  • Hapicampr Jan 20, 2010

    Sam Currin? Any relation to victim's family?

  • Hapicampr Jan 20, 2010

    Wow! No presumed innocent until proven guilty here at all. Sounds like this guy has no hope of an unbiased jury pool.
    Sam Currin? Any relation to victim's family?

  • cc4042 Jan 20, 2010

    Yes, it is sad - on so many levels! But the root of the sadness is Scott Morris. I don't know Scott and I didn't know Kelly, either, or their family or friends. The death penalty is supposed to work as a deterrent so others won't commit crimes this egregious. It's just unfortunate that we can't do to him what he did to Kelly. But there's a moratorium on the death penalty right now in NC anyhow, so even if he's convicted and sentenced to death, we'll have to wait until that's overwith before they give him the needle.

  • LIVEITUP Jan 20, 2010

    Happymom...The girls are WELL taken care of now. It truely is sad, but I can't think of anyone more deserving! Scott threw her out like an animal carcus and walked around unremorseful for over a year.

  • happymom Jan 20, 2010

    I understand how people close to Kelly may be heartened by the neews that the DA will seek the death penalty, but it is incredibly sad to me. I don't know Scott and I didn't know Kelly. However, there is now a child who lost both parents to this single violent act and will grow up knowing that her father killed her mother and then died as a punishment. Scott Morris's act of violence wasn't just toward his wife; his selfish act devastated many people, and the consequences of what he did will continue to cause pain for many years to come.

  • Mommyoftwo Jan 20, 2010

    Only thing bad about this is that his death will be a lot more humane than Kelly's was.

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  • sssh.. whisper Jan 20, 2010

    This is such a sad story.. for the deceased mother, the victim's family, and especially her young children. This "man" deserves the maximum sentence. The victim's family will remain in my prayers