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Archive for Tuesday, January 21, 1992

HEARING IN MURDER CASE DELAYED UNTIL WEDNESDAY

January 21, 1992

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A hearing to determine if the confession of a 29-year-old transient should be suppressed from his trial has been continued until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

This morning, Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone continued the hearing for Kenneth Lee Morris, who is charged with murder in the beating death of a Lawrence man last August.

The hearing was continued because Morris' attorney, James Rumsey, has laryngitis and had difficulty speaking.

Morris is accused of beating Danny Davis, 40, with a golf club on Aug. 8. Davis died from blows to the head five days later.

According to police testimony last week and during an Oct. 21 preliminary hearing, Morris confessed to the murder when he was interviewed by Lawrence police last August in Arizona. Morris was in custody in Phoenix on unrelated burglary charges.

Rumsey is seeking to have the confession suppressed from Morris' jury trial, claiming his client's rights were violated because a lawyer was not present during the police interview in Arizona.

Morris' trial is scheduled to get under way Feb. 3.

Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells said three Phoenix police officers were to testify at today's hearing. The witnesses will stay in Lawrence until after they testify at the hearing, he said.

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