Morton Found Guilty of First Degree Murder
The specific charge was Murder in the First Degree. During the trial, the prosecution argued that Tausha Morton helped Gregory Morton kill Richard Kemp on August 24, 2004.
Gregory Morton pleaded in June 2009 for shooting Kemp. Prosecutors downgraded his charges in exchange for his testimony against Tausha Morton.
In closing remarks the prosecution finally gave the jury Tausha's motive. It was previously determined that Tausha was married twice before Kemp and had two children in those marriages. In both divorces, Tausha didn't receive custody of her children. The prosecution says Tausha was worried she would not get custody of her daugher, Lexie, in a divorce with Kemp, ultimately giving her motive for murder.
The Kemp family turned to each other for comfort during the verdict and said they were happy to ger closure with what the believed to be the right verdict.
Defense Attorney Paul Hood said the defense plans to appeal the decision and gave no comment Tuesday night.
It is expected Morton will be sentenced in August.
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