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Husband of slain Stem mom to face death penalty

Posted April 7, 2010

— Granville County's district attorney formally announced his intention Wednesday to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing his wife and setting their home on fire in September 2008.

William Scott Morris, 35, of 113 W. Church St. in Creedmoor, is charged with first-degree murder and fraudulently burning a dwelling, in connection with the death of his wife, Kelly Morris, 28.

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She was last seen Sept. 3, 2008. The following day, the house she shared with her family, at 3220 Tump Wilkins Road in Stem, caught fire. Hours later, investigators found her car about a mile from her home with her keys, purse and cell phone inside.

According to her family, Kelly Morris' skeletal remains were found Nov. 17 in the Tar River Fox Pen in southern Granville County.

Scott Morris was charged on the same day.

Authorities have not offered a motive for the slaying, but in search warrant affidavits related to the case, investigators allege that the couple had marital problems and were considering divorce.

District Attorney Sam Currin also asked Wednesday that other search warrants in the case be unsealed, but Scott Morris' second defense attorney, Buddy Conner, said he had not had a chance to review the warrants. Scott Morris is also represented by attorney Jerry Clayton.

Kelly Morris' family was present at the hearing but declined to comment.


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  • SilverWolf Apr 8, 2010


    Name one woman who has been executed in NC in the last 20 years. Just one. The last female executed in NC was in 1984, 26 years ago. Get your facts straight before you start slinging mud, witch. The following is a link for the info gathered.


    You are exactly the type who runs her mouth and ends up getting people hurt. Women such as this are scum and nothing more.

  • 1carpe Apr 7, 2010

    Innocent or guilty, Scott will never get a fair trial in Granville County. Way too much publicity in the county.

  • vipcruizer2 Apr 7, 2010

    "What is sad is that some of those who knew them seem to think that what he did is OK because of what she was doing. That is sick. This community has real issues with race."

    Unfortunately his defense attorneys are probably going to pounce on this and claim he was under emotional distress, embarrassed, etc. And apparently that man is no longer with us, so he can't even defend himself. If that's all true...disclaimer here.

  • grayboomerang Apr 7, 2010

    I think people who do these types of crimes have major anger/control issues. So, you aren't dealing with a rational person who thinks.."Okay, we aren't getting along, let's seperate"...No, you are dealing with the mindset of.."If I can't have you, no one else will".....it's about control, not about logic.

  • atozca Apr 7, 2010

    What is sad is that some of those who knew them seem to think that what he did is OK because of what she was doing. That is sick. This community has real issues with race.

  • ashley20rae Apr 7, 2010

    Well if everyone on here KNEW the details and not just THOUGHT they did, they would understand. They investigated this story day in and out and KNOW he murdered his wife and the mother of his children. He is a monster and deserves everything he gets. Im so glad he can no longer walk around my town with his ugly little smirk on his face acting as if he had done nothing wrong. Im so very glad that our town could pull together in this time of need, when Kelly's family needed it most. I pray everyday that her children will be ok and know that their mother loved them very much and she didnt choose to go this soon. She had so many people who loved her and did not see this coming. May Scott Morris get EVERYTHING he deserves

  • vipcruizer2 Apr 7, 2010

    I went to school with Scott, and was friends with him. He was always trying to get attention, and bounced between funny and obnoxious. Thought he was strange at times, but we were teenagers, so everybody was strange. While I wasn't always so sure about him, I never ever thought he would be capable of something like this. That being said, it surely seems that he did kill his wife, mother of his child. I feel very badly for both families involved as the parents have lost their children, and the daughter has lost both of her parents. Personally, I think Scott is guilty and I think he does deserve the harshest punishment. However, due to laws, he won't get it. Public torture isn't allowed anymore.

  • RedStatesManWatts Apr 7, 2010

    Excellent! So few times does true justice previal.

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  • BluAmazon Apr 7, 2010

    Deathrow, what new law?