Replacement husband gets trial date
Alvin "Butch" Morris, the man accused in the 1988 murder of Roger Lee Shifflett, was indicted by a grand jury yesterday and is scheduled for trial April 13, 2009, on first-degree murder, robbery and use of a weapon in commission of a felony charges. Morris married Shifflett's widow, Barbara, shortly after the father of five was slain at the Southwind Gas and Grocery on Route 20 south.
At a September 18 preliminary hearing, Morris' DNA on a cigarette butt found at the crime scene, his conflicting stories to police and his first wife's testimony led a judge to find probable cause and move the case to the grand jury.
UPDATE: Terry in the Albemarle Clerk's office says the trial starts April 13.