Teenage Homicide Defendant Set to Stand Trial Tomorrow

A 17-year-old homicide defendant is set to prepare for a jury trial that is slated to begin tomorrow.

Rasheed Morris is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to armed carjacking, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, use of a firearm during a violent crime, and possession of a firearm as a minor in connection to the murder of 31-year-old Efraim Gordon on the 3700 block of Fords Lane on May 3, 2021.

Initially, on Nov. 2, 2021, Morris and his defense attorney Staci Pipkin declined a plea of life, suspending all but 50 years, with 5 years on probation for first-degree murder. 

During court proceedings, Judge Lynn Mays permitted the defendant to speak with his mother for a few minutes because he is a minor. 

Morris has two co-defendants Omarion Anderson and William Clinton III. Clinton, 19, is scheduled for a hearing on Nov. 14, and Anderson, 18, is scheduled for a hearing on

Morris’ trial is scheduled to begin tomorrow June 22 at 9:30 a.m.