As mentioned in this post, we are covering the Stephen Morgan trial, but using read more links. This is the first of those updates. Again, feel free to leave comments, but please avoid any threats of violence – we really don’t want to have to censor anything. As always, our hearts go out to those still grieving.
[Edit by David @6:24 EST – I realized that those who wish to avoid reading about the trial, but who want to comment on this approach, are currently unable to comment without having to see discussion of the trial.]
[Edit by David @7:55 EST – The post has been split. See above link for the discussion of why.]
I bring you this paraphrased update:
On Tuesday, Stephen Morgan had another court hearing. He pleaded not guilty to murder, as well as to two new charges: carrying a pistol without a permit and intimidation based on bigotry and bias. New charges can be added up until the jury selection.
He also chose to waive his right to a probable cause hearing on the evidence used to arrest him. At a probable cause hearing, the state would have had to show sufficient evidence that a homicide was committed and that Morgan had committed it. Waiving the hearing was a tactical strategy – any testimony in the probable cause hearing can be used in the main trial, even if that witness is unavailable to testify again.
His lawyer, Richard Brown, commented that Morgan “denies hatred of any class of people”. In discussing trial strategy, he said it was “premature” to say, but that they hadn’t ruled out a mental insanity defense.
Morgan’s next appearance will be August 5th.
Again, our thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.