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UPDATE: Murder-for-hire plot results in arrest of PHS student; sheriff, school system release statements

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 Morgan Miles Morris

      The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the Pickens County School System have released statements (see both below) about the arrest of PHS student Morgan Miles Morris, 17, who plotted to have two other students and their families killed.

          According to Pickens Sheriff’s Capt. Kris Stancil, Morris offered an undercover officer $12,000 during a telephone conversation, and in a later in-person meeting with the officer attempted to negotiate a lower amount. During negotiations, Morris offered details about how he wanted the murders carried out.

 

         Morris is being held in the Pickens County Adult Detention Center, isolated from the general population.

 

         “It’s not required, but because he is a juvenile we are taking that precaution,” he said.

 

         The names of the potential high school victims are not being released because the students are juveniles.  

 

Pickens County Georgia, August 17, 2016 - Pickens Sheriff's Office Press Release 
     A recent tip led the Pickens Sheriff’s Office was provided to deputies at the Pickens High School
regarding an individual attempting to hire someone to murder two residents of Pickens County. The tip
stated that Morgan Miles Morris, age 17, had been attempting to hire other individuals to commit this
crime. 

     Following up on the tip, the Pickens Sheriff’s Office arranged for undercover law enforcement officers to
meet with Morris. Morris offered to pay an undercover officer to kill two different individuals. During
the meeting with the undercover officer, Morris provided the officer with information on how to carry
out the murder. 
     Detectives then executed a search warrant of Morris’s residence where additional corroborating
evidence was located. Morris was then taken into custody without incident. The Pickens Sheriff’s Office
has contacted all potential victims and made them aware of the plot. 
At this time, there is no evidence to indicate a threat against any others. Morris remains in custody at
the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, charged with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Murder. At the time of this
release, no bond has been set for Mr. Morris but as a 17 year old, he is being charged as an adult.

 

The following is a statement released by the Pickens County School System:

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