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Updates – Timothy Morgan, Thomas Mortimer and Jodi Arias

02/11/2012

Timothy Morgan

Defense attorneys for Timothy Morgan are expected to argue against allowing Morgan’s confession to police to be used at trial during a February 23 hearing.

Morgan is accused of the fatal beating of Eric Preimesberger on April 24, 2010. Preimesberger’s wife and Morgan’s sister, Kristi watched Morgan beat Eric with a baseball bat and then helped Morgan hide the body until Morgan disposed of it several days later.  See story here Eric Preimesberger Beaten To Death.

Morgan told police he was a dope dealer charged in several states.  His confession contains several different versions of what happened to Eric, including he struck Eric in self-defense.  He also claims members of the mafia who fronted him money killed Eric.

Prosecutors will argue the jury should hear the evidence and decide for themselves about Morgan’s credibility.

While Kristi has not been charged, I assume for assisting police capture her brother, I truly believe she should have been charged as an accessory…she shouldn’t be getting off scot free!

The Reno murder trial is scheduled to begin April 30.

Thomas Mortimer

The February 3 pretrial hearing was over as quickly as it began and rescheduled for February 15.

Mortimer is accused of the brutal slayings of his wife, two young children, and mother in-law on June 15, 2010.  See story here “Charlotte and Finn are in a much better place…”.

Defense attorney Denise Regan began by asking that the court be closed and wanted ‘sensitive’ information sealed.

Prosecutors claimed there were no reasons for such actions and the public had a right to know about the proceedings.

Judge Leila Kern called for the continuation to allow time for the public and the media to file an objection and told Regan she needed to give advance notice so they could address the court.

Regan is a seasoned lawyer and should know better than to pull a stunt like this!

It is not known what information Regan is trying to suppress, but she did have a January 20 deadline to file a notice of mental health if she intends to offer a mental health defense.  Neither the prosecution nor defense has acknowledged if the notice was filed.

The murder trial is tentatively scheduled for September 13.

Jodi Arias

Judge Sherry Stephens has denied a defense motion asking that the death penalty be removed as an option for Arias.

Jodi Arias is accused of shooting Travis Alexander in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat before fleeing the scene. See story here 2012 Begins With Hearings, Pleas And Trials Scheduled.

When apprehended, Arias initially claimed she wasn’t at the home where Travis Alexander’s body was found.  Then, when DNA tied her to the scene, she claimed it was a home invasion.  Her latest version is Travis admitted to being a pedophile and was abusive to her so she killed him in self-defense.

The trial had been scheduled to begin February 21 however; Arias’ attorney withdrew from the case.

Can’t say that I blame her!

Judge Stephens has scheduled October 17 for the trial to begin.

Sources

Reno Gazette Journal

Wicked Local Winchester

Huffington Post

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  1. ritanita
    02/11/2012 at 12:39 pm

    Three more cases we’ve followed from the commission of a crime and arrest. Then, the (usually) slow pace to the trial itself. It’s a sad, exhausting road for trial watchers.

    The saddest part of all, is while we’ve been waiting, there have been more crimes, more cases to follow through. It’s endless.

  2. donchais
    02/11/2012 at 1:52 pm

    It is amazing to me what little value people place on the lives of others and how society doesn’t learn from these tragedies.

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