murder

Deadlocked: Mistrial declared in murder trial
Published on Jul 14th, 2009
6 comments Barbara and Butch Morris. FILE PHOTO After listening to five days of testimony and deliberating for 13 hours, the jury in the murder trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris today remained evenly divided 6-...
Morris trial: Jury split, reconvenes Tuesday
Published on Jul 13th, 2009
12 comments Butch Morris, attorney Dana Slater and Barbara Morris arrive at court on the first day of his murder trial. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER After almost 10 hours of deliberation, the jury weighing whether...
Jury begins deliberations in 21-year-old murder
Published on Jul 13th, 2009
2 comments Had he not been gunned down in 1988, Roger Shifflett would have been 60 years old today. After a week of hearing testimony, the jury deciding if Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris is guilty of Shifflett's...
Testimony ends in Morris trial
Published on Jul 10th, 2009
0 comments Lawyers finished presenting evidence Friday, July 10, in the first-degree murder trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris for the 1988 death of Roger Lee Shifflett. The defense successfully impeached...
Morris trial: Police questioned veracity of statements
Published on Jul 9th, 2009
2 comments Police contend that a Salem Light cigarette butt links Morris to Shifflett's 1988 murder at the Southwind Grocery. FILE PHOTO On Thursday, July 9, the fourth day of the murder trial of Alvin Lee "...
Crime scene cig matches murder suspect's DNA
Published on Jul 9th, 2009
0 comments Two DNA experts testified in the fourth day of the trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris for the 1988 murder of Roger Lee Shifflett that DNA found on a Salem Light cigarette collected at the now-defunct...
The tapes: Morris statements evolved
Published on Jul 8th, 2009
1 comments Detective Steve Huffman, now a pastor, read defendant Butch Morris his rights in 1988. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Long before Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris was arrested 20 years after the murder of Roger Lee...
Marital privilege: Ex-wife, son testify in murder trial
Published on Jul 8th, 2009
4 comments Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford and defense attorney Andr© Hakes debate what's admissible testimony in the 21-year-old murder trial. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE On day two of the trial of Alvin...
Grisham penning Norfolk Four script
Published on Jul 7th, 2009
0 comments Virginia's most famous crime author is taking on one of Virginia's most controversial criminal cases. The Associated Press reports that John Grisham is working on a screenplay concerning the case of...
21 years later: Alcohol, infidelity key to murder?
Published on Jul 6th, 2009
1 comments Butch Morris arrives at Albemarle Circuit Court with his attorney, Dana Slater, and the murder victim's widow, now his wife, Barbara Morris. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER The trial of Alvin Lee “Butch” Morris...
Murder trial witness assaulted
Published on Jul 2nd, 2009
0 comments Luscious Lucas, the girlfriend of one of the men charged in the July 2008 slaying of Joshua Magruder, 19, testifies in court July 1 that her boyfriend, Trenton Michael Brock, had a problem with the...
Too long: Accused says 21-year murder trial delay unfair
Published on Jun 15th, 2009
0 comments DNA belonging to Butch Morris was found on a cigarette at the Southwind Grocery where Roger Shifflett was slain. FILE PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE At a pretrial hearing that stretched all day, the man...
Guilty: Jury convicts Wood Grill murder suspect
Published on May 29th, 2009
1 comments Escorted by an Albemarle deputy, Roderick "Guam" McDowell, 25, leaves Circuit Court on Thursday, May 28, a day before a jury recommended a sentence of 60 years. PHOTO BY GORDON BLOCK After two-and-a...
Inmates talk: Wood Grill murder trial enters day three
Published on May 29th, 2009
1 comments Escorted by an Albemarle deputy, Roderick "Guam" McDowell leaves Circuit Court on Thursday, May 28 to return to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail after the second day of his murder trial....
Horrors relived: Wood Grill murder trial begins
Published on May 28th, 2009
2 comments Roderick McDowell, 25, is a former employee at the Wood Grill Buffet, accused of murdering William Godsey, the husband of a night manager, on April 12, 2007. "He just kept beating him, and beating...
Bound by blood? Were cop and killer father and child?
Published on Apr 9th, 2009
1 comments Staunton Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Robertson says the only thing keeping him from discovering whether police investigator Davie Bocock and confessed double murderer Sharron Diane Crawford Smith...