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Old 10-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #46
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Thank you all for the kind words.
The driver that was originally scheduled, and had a death in the family, was not of concern. However, the other driver working that night has been a cause of concern. He was reported to be in involved in drug dealing and to owe money to others at that time.
As for suspects.... there is a guy in a federal penitentiary for revocation of parole for prior sentence. He got there by killing a convenience store clerk in a robbery in 1986. He has long been a suspect in Morris' murder. I have contacted him several times by mail, and he has some very specific knowledge of the house, where shots were fired from, where Morris' body was found, etc. He even claimed to have been present, but not the shooter. Needless to say, despite detectives interviewing him extensively, no further progress has occurred.
This case remains at a stand-still, and unfortunately, likely always will. That is, unless someone develops a conscience, and steps forward with information.
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Thank you all for the kind words.
The driver that was originally scheduled, and had a death in the family, was not of concern. However, the other driver working that night has been a cause of concern. He was reported to be in involved in drug dealing and to owe money to others at that time.
As for suspects.... there is a guy in a federal penitentiary for revocation of parole for prior sentence. He got there by killing a convenience store clerk in a robbery in 1986. He has long been a suspect in Morris' murder. I have contacted him several times by mail, and he has some very specific knowledge of the house, where shots were fired from, where Morris' body was found, etc. He even claimed to have been present, but not the shooter. Needless to say, despite detectives interviewing him extensively, no further progress has occurred.
This case remains at a stand-still, and unfortunately, likely always will. That is, unless someone develops a conscience, and steps forward with information.
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Did the guy in prison ever say who shot Morris, since he claims he was present but not the shooter?
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Thank you all for the kind words.
The driver that was originally scheduled, and had a death in the family, was not of concern. However, the other driver working that night has been a cause of concern. He was reported to be in involved in drug dealing and to owe money to others at that time.
As for suspects.... there is a guy in a federal penitentiary for revocation of parole for prior sentence. He got there by killing a convenience store clerk in a robbery in 1986. He has long been a suspect in Morris' murder. I have contacted him several times by mail, and he has some very specific knowledge of the house, where shots were fired from, where Morris' body was found, etc. He even claimed to have been present, but not the shooter. Needless to say, despite detectives interviewing him extensively, no further progress has occurred.
This case remains at a stand-still, and unfortunately, likely always will. That is, unless someone develops a conscience, and steps forward with information.
Thanks again.
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Thanks for posting, Cliff. I recently got information that the Great Falls Police Department has started a cold case unit which has successfully solved at least one unsolved homicide in Great Falls. I don't live far from Great Falls and think of your brother's case often. I pray your family will get the answers you seek.
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As for suspects.... there is a guy in a federal penitentiary for revocation of parole for prior sentence. He got there by killing a convenience store clerk in a robbery in 1986. He has long been a suspect in Morris' murder. I have contacted him several times by mail, and he has some very specific knowledge of the house, where shots were fired from, where Morris' body was found, etc. He even claimed to have been present, but not the shooter. Needless to say, despite detectives interviewing him extensively, no further progress has occurred.
I know it's been years since Cliff posted, but I discovered this article about the suspect he was referring to here. It's a man named Donald DuBray who received a life sentence for murdering a convenience store clerk in 1986. It says that he was considered a possible suspect in Morris' murder:
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/sto...ison/84047018/

However, DuBray died in prison last year, so if he did kill Morris, we'll probably never know.
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[QUOTE=RobinW]I know it's been years since Cliff posted, but I discovered this article about the suspect he was referring to here. It's a man named Donald DuBray who received a life sentence for murdering a convenience store clerk in 1986. It says that he was considered a possible suspect in Morris' murder:
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/sto...ison/84047018/

However, DuBray died in prison last year, so if he did kill Morris, we'll probably never know.[/QUOTE

Great find. I wonder if there is a way to locate any guns DuBray had to see if they match up to the one used to kill Morris.
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Is this case on one of the seasons they released so far? I haven't seen it in so long but am signing up next week so I can stream
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Is this case on one of the seasons they released so far? I haven't seen it in so long but am signing up next week so I can stream
It was aired during UM's third season, so it should be available on Amazon Prime now.
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This segment didn't make it to the stream. I realized this when I was watching credits roll by at the end of one of the season 3 episodes and saw an actor's credit for the part of 'Morris Davis', although the segment wasn't on the episode at all.
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This segment didn't make it to the stream. I realized this when I was watching credits roll by at the end of one of the season 3 episodes and saw an actor's credit for the part of 'Morris Davis', although the segment wasn't on the episode at all.
Oh, that's too bad. I noticed the same thing on a Season 2 episode where the end credits listed the actor who played Elmer Locker even though his segment wasn't included.
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I can only hope we'll get the updated segment in Season 4....

You guys know how much I love my Montana cases. I had heard the potential perp had died in prison, but I never had the cahones to ask the lead prosecutor on the case who the perp actually was....

ETA: So I just read the link you posted, Robin. What's crazy is that there is a really compelling episode of true crime TV (I can't remember the show off hand) ABOUT the Pritchett killing and the eventual capture of DuBray. It's one where the eyewitness testimony was just freaking uncanny. I know it's off an insane chunk of the time, but this particular woman who identified DuBray remembered almost everything about him, some 10+ years later. If I can remember the name of the show, I'll post it. It was fascinating.

ETA v.2: It was Motives and Murders. Definitely worth the watch!
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I think this was a gang initiation and nothing more. The victim didn't have any enemies and the amount of money stolen was negligible and likely taken after the fact to make it look like a robbery.

A very similar incident happened a couple of years ago in the city I currently reside in. A pizza delivery order was called in to a local shop on a burner cell phone (the modern day pay phone, if you will) to a vacant house. The driver pulled up in the driveway and before he even got out of the car, somebody just unloaded on him like the Zodiac killer on Lover's Lane. Killed him instantly. This driver had no known enemies, scorned lovers, insurance policies, nothing. Plus, it was only his second or third week on the job and wasn't even scheduled to work that evening. Two years later and this case is not solved either and there are zero leads as far as I know.

As a UM fan, I immediately thought about Morris Davis upon hearing the news of this shooting in my area. Neither incident makes sense as a robbery to me. These were both gang initiations all the way as far as I'm concerned. Granted, it's more likely to be a biker type gang in Great Falls, MT and more likely to be a bloods/crips type gang where I live but when you think about it, both types of gangs sometimes require murder as the final test in an initiation. It doesn't matter who you kill, just kill somebody, anybody, and you're in. Besides, what better way is there to get a perfect stranger to show up to a location of your choosing with no questions asked than to pick up a phone and order a pizza?
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I think this was a gang initiation and nothing more. The victim didn't have any enemies and the amount of money stolen was negligible and likely taken after the fact to make it look like a robbery.

A very similar incident happened a couple of years ago in the city I currently reside in. A pizza delivery order was called in to a local shop on a burner cell phone (the modern day pay phone, if you will) to a vacant house. The driver pulled up in the driveway and before he even got out of the car, somebody just unloaded on him like the Zodiac killer on Lover's Lane. Killed him instantly. This driver had no known enemies, scorned lovers, insurance policies, nothing. Plus, it was only his second or third week on the job and wasn't even scheduled to work that evening. Two years later and this case is not solved either and there are zero leads as far as I know.

As a UM fan, I immediately thought about Morris Davis upon hearing the news of this shooting in my area. Neither incident makes sense as a robbery to me. These were both gang initiations all the way as far as I'm concerned. Granted, it's more likely to be a biker type gang in Great Falls, MT and more likely to be a bloods/crips type gang where I live but when you think about it, both types of gangs sometimes require murder as the final test in an initiation. It doesn't matter who you kill, just kill somebody, anybody, and you're in. Besides, what better way is there to get a perfect stranger to show up to a location of your choosing with no questions asked than to pick up a phone and order a pizza?
I hear what you're saying. I am in no way an expert on this case, but I have to disagree with the gang theory, only because I am certain it had been previously explored. The statements of Cliff Davis (Morris's brother) also make me believe that it was not gang related, either.

Taking some of what Cliff had to offer-- here's a theory: Whoever the 2nd driver was that evening was the intended target and they got Morris by accident. Additionally, Cliff mentioned that in written conversations with DuBray, he had knowledge of the crime scene that was not published, yet claimed he "was only there" and not the trigger man.

I don't think DuBray was just there. I suspect he was the killer, but that Morris wasn't the intended target.
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ETA: So I just read the link you posted, Robin. What's crazy is that there is a really compelling episode of true crime TV (I can't remember the show off hand) ABOUT the Pritchett killing and the eventual capture of DuBray. It's one where the eyewitness testimony was just freaking uncanny. I know it's off an insane chunk of the time, but this particular woman who identified DuBray remembered almost everything about him, some 10+ years later. If I can remember the name of the show, I'll post it. It was fascinating.

ETA v.2: It was Motives and Murders. Definitely worth the watch!
Interesting. I looked it up and it looks like it's on Youtube (under "Motives and Murders" Season 4 Episode 13). That would be crazy if they made an entire episode about another crime committed by Morris' killer without anyone even knowing it.

Now that I think about it, I wonder if the reason the Morris Davis segment isn't on Amazon Prime is because a large chunk of it focuses on the false lead involving the stolen .22 from Oregon, as the botched ballistics tests nearly implicated an innocent man.
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Now that I think about it, I wonder if the reason the Morris Davis segment isn't on Amazon Prime is because a large chunk of it focuses on the false lead involving the stolen .22 from Oregon, as the botched ballistics tests nearly implicated an innocent man.
I'd say that's a pretty reasonable assumption. I haven't seen this segment in many years, but clearly remember the reenactment of the ballistics test on the pistol. The fact that they thought they had the murder weapon was a big reason as to why this case stood out. Pizza delivery drivers unfortunately get robbed and/or killed more than most folks would think. Without the murder weapon angle, I don't think this case would have ever made it to UM.

I know it sounds a little out there to some, but I'm sticking with the gang initiation angle. The Great Falls, MT area was absolutely overrun with 1% biker gangs during the 80s.
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After looking into this case, it seems quite clear IMO that Donald DuBray was Morris's killer (or at the very least was involved in the murder). Other than the weapon used, Morris's murder is quite similar to the murder DuBray was convicted of:
- Both victims were working alone and were vulnerable
- Both victims were killed late in the evening
- The motives in both crimes were believed to be robbery
- Overkill appeared to have occurred in both crimes (Morris was shot eight times, Suzette was stabbed multiple times)
- Both crimes took place in Great Falls, just one year apart

Furthermore, according to Cliff (in the posts above), DuBray had specific knowledge about certain details of the crime, including the layout of the house, where the shots were fired, and where Morris was found. He even admitted being there! Even though he claimed he wasn't the shooter, I don't think it's much of a stretch to believe that he said this so he could deflect the blame from himself.

Finally, it was confirmed from the article RobinW posted that police considered him a suspect in the case and tried (unsuccessfully) to get a confession from him before he died.
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