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DA will seek death penalty for Morris

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Granville County District Attorney Sam Currin said Wednesday he will be seeking the death penalty against Scott Morris.

He told a judge, Morris, and his lawyer at a Rule 24 hearing in Oxford.

A Rule 24 hearing is one in which the prosecution is required to say in court whether or not the state is going to seek the death penalty in a first-degree murder case.

Morris, 35, of Creedmoor, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife Kelly Currin Morris. Investigator say Morris also set the couple's house - located southeast of Stem - on fire.

Kelly was 28 when she vanished Sept. 3, 2008. Her remains were found in a wooded area in November and Morris was arrested.

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