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Missing mom's husband charged with murder

Posted November 18, 2009
Updated November 19, 2009

— The husband of a Granville County woman missing for more than a year has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.

Family members of Kelly Morris, 28, also said Wednesday that authorities notified them that skeletal remains found Tuesday afternoon in the southern part of the county are those of the mother of two.

Kelly Morris Husband charged with murder in wife's death

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.

William Scott Morris, 35, of 113 W. Church St., Creedmoor, was taken into custody and charged Tuesday evening. In addition to murder, he also faces a charge of fraudulently burning a dwelling.

He was being held in the Granville County Detention Center without bond Wednesday afternoon. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said authorities received information Monday that led them to a wooded area off Sam Moss Hayes Road in Creedmoor, where the remains – identified using dental records – were found Tuesday afternoon.

Family members told WRAL News that the remains were found in the Tar River Fox Pen along Sam Moss Hayes Road.

"There were searches conducted in that area,” Al Mignacci, a volunteer who searched for Kelly Morris, said.

Citing the ongoing investigation, Wilkins declined to comment further on the case or a possible motive.

"I hope this arrest will bring some closure to Kelly's family," he said.

James Ray, owner of the fox pen, also declined to talk about the case but did say Scott Morris is not a member of the preserve.

Meanwhile, Kelly Morris' father and stepmother – Pat and Juanita Currin – have filed a petition for custody of the Morrises' 6-year-old daughter, who has been staying with her father and grandparents.

A second daughter, Kelly Morris' from a previous relationship, has been staying with her father.

Chief District Court Judge Daniel Finch on Tuesday signed an emergency order that states that Kelly Morris was likely the victim of a homicide and that Scott Morris was likely involved in her death.

A custody hearing is scheduled for Friday.

The order states that Scott Morris had the “intent to deceive” investigators, made numerous inconsistent statements to authorities about his whereabouts the day his wife went missing and will likely be charged with kidnapping and/or murder.

The order further suggests that Scott Morris' father, Jimmy Morris, might have been involved in a cover-up.

Friends react to arrest in Kelly Morris' death Friends react to arrest in Kelly Morris' death

According to search warrants in the case, family members and friends told authorities the couple was having marital problems and had talked about divorce. They also indicate inconsistencies between Scott Morris' account and those of others regarding his actions in the hours after he says he last saw his wife and the following day.

Lisa Thompson, Kelly Morris’ friend, said she wants to see justice served.

"He has no heart. He should not have anything to do with society or anybody else,” Thompson said of Scott Morris.

Family members, authorities and volunteers from as far away as Texas have searched relentlessly over the past year for the missing woman.

"She was a loving mother, a loving daughter," Kelly Morris' mother, Wanda Hollis, said Wednesday. "Today has been a bittersweet day, but we found Kelly."

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  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Nov 20, 8:30 a.m.

    Well, if mine died between 9 and 10 o'clock, I was watching the Kardeshian family use every curse word possible so there's alibi. Talk about dysfunctional!

    You not have someone who can corroberate an alibi but if you're innocent, you don't really need one. You tell the truth, and it works out. ANd when YOU tell the truth, those around you can tell the the truth and you don't have to worry about your stories not jiving.

    JAT

    yeah because they're have never been innocent people put in jail, especially not even in our state.......

    http://www.nccai.org/nccases.html

  • familyfour Nov 19, 1:05 p.m.

    Just happy that the girls finally get to be together again......I cannot imagine what the family has been living with the last year +......

    May Kelly get justice, may her family find peace, and begin to live the rest of their lives, knowing.......

  • marciamal1 Nov 19, 12:55 p.m.

    I have one word of advice- be careful of the person you get involved with. There are too too many domestic voilence reports reported each year and you dont want to become one of those statastics. He had no right to rob her of her life. Once again, these people do not have a heart - i think they need a heart transplant. He needs to pay for this crime.

  • LIVEITUP Nov 19, 12:52 p.m.

    Good point cth1....Knowthefacts is MIA.

  • cth1 Nov 19, 12:32 p.m.

    CaLmDoWnItStHeInTaAaARnEt-"just because he acts weird doesn't automatically make him guilty"

    Obviously you haven't been keeping up with the FACTS of this case! It's not based on how he acted...but, what he did! Read the documents from all the search warrants. He lied to investigators..he is on camera heading to and from the house when it burned...he lied about where he was..they have proof that he left the house at the EXACT time he said she went missing..and, when he said he went to bed. His dad covered for him and came to the house the night she went missing. There are way more facts than just what I've stated. Try reading them before making a comment like that!

    KNOWTHEFACTS..you stood by Scott the whole time and said you knew the truth and Scott wasn't guilty...Where are you now?? Are you the one that tipped the police off?

    I'm glad they found her!!Now Pat and the family can have some closure to this horrible nightmare!! RIP Kelly!!

    Pat & family-You're in my prayers!

  • brewmonkey Nov 19, 12:30 p.m.

    wral strikes again with the 'stir the pot' headline. why is is 'mom' and not 'woman'? doesn't get the female population as riled up is why. sensationalism. now all the women on here can vicariously get their collective revenge and vent their spleens against any man who's ever 'done them wrong'. you don't see this kind of uprising about men who get killed. apparently you people value female life above male.

    and before the shrill chorus of voices begin, wishing me pain and shame the rest of my days for daring to voice an opinion that may differ from yours, i am not saying he didn't do it or that he shouldn't be punished. any murder - ANY - should be punished by torture and slow death. heck, i'll even volunteer for the job...

  • eden4576 Nov 19, 12:30 p.m.

    Scott has been heard by others "bragging" in the past about killing a man in Durham and getting away with it.....personally, I don't know but that's what I've been told.

  • JAT Nov 19, 11:55 a.m.

    Well, if mine died between 9 and 10 o'clock, I was watching the Kardeshian family use every curse word possible so there's alibi. Talk about dysfunctional!

    You not have someone who can corroberate an alibi but if you're innocent, you don't really need one. You tell the truth, and it works out. ANd when YOU tell the truth, those around you can tell the the truth and you don't have to worry about your stories not jiving.

  • somey Nov 19, 11:40 a.m.

    I wish I oould create a town where all these innocent people could live together with people like CaLmDoWnItStHeInTaAaARnEt. Oh what a wonderful world that would be. The people like CaLmDoWnItStHeInTaAaARnEt could go hug all the innocent people each and every day. I need a tissue here because I am getting all teary eyed.

  • LIVEITUP Nov 19, 11:39 a.m.

    Calmdown...I would have to say I was home with him and my kids all night, but I would be overcome with grief. He not only didn't have an alibi, he lied! You don't lie unless you have something to hide! Don't make excuses!

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