Trial Date Set for Alleged Murderer of Susie Zhao1 month ago
The trial of the alleged killer of poker pro Suzie Zhao has been provisionally set for March 22nd of next year, 60-year old suspect Jeffery Bernard Morris facing life in prison for first-degree homicide if found guilty of the brutal slaying.
An official pretrial date of February 11th was set by Oakland County District Court last week, with Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson also setting a trial date, due to start on March 22nd.
The short court hearing was held by Zoom, with Morris, lawyers for the respective parties and members of Suzie Zhao’s family involved.
As we reported previously, the body of 33-year old Suzie Zhao – known as Suzie ‘Q’ to many of her friends in the poker world - was found on the morning of July 13th this year, bound and charred in the parking lot of a recreation area near the Pontiac Lake Trail in Michigan’s Oakland County.
Details of her horrendous death were aired at a September 14th ‘show cause’ hearing, with Morris bound over for trial after several witnesses gave testimony.
Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Hanosh revealed that Suzie suffered burns to 90% of her body, with soot found in her trachea indicating that she was alive when set alight. She was identified through fingerprints.
Medical reports also stated that she had been extensively sexually assaulted with a large object after being bound with zip-ties, believed to have occurred at the Sherwood Motel, close to where she was found.
Jeffrey Bernard Morris was arrested several weeks after the murder, the 60-year old a prime suspect who has a long record of violence and sexual crimes.
Last month’s hearing heard that CCTV footage and mobile phone records linked Morris to Suzie Zhao and both locations.
A duffle bag found on his arrest contained his ID as well as “a fitted bed sheet with apparent blood stains as well as a wooden baseball bat with a possible big bloodstain.”
Morris was again remanded without bond.
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