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D.A. will seek death penalty against Scott Morris

Posted January 20, 2010 10:21 a.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2010 10:35 a.m. EST

— 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.