“Police arrived to a 911 call Friday night on Willow Road to a chaotic scene,” goldenislesnews.com reports. “Douglas Morris Morgan Jr. was outside screaming for help and his wife was propped against a bed inside, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a Glynn County Police report.” Home invasion? Hardly . . .
Morgan told police his 20-gauge shotgun must have fallen off the dresser in their bedroom [not shown] and gone off accidentally, shooting his wife as she was on their bed reading. Morgan allegedly said he was inside the bedroom’s adjoining bathroom when he “heard a gunshot,” according to the report.
It appears that Mr. Morgan’s image of a sudden, tragic and entirely accidental interruption to a life of domestic bliss lacked a little in the credibility department.
Glynn County Court records show Douglas Morgan was arrested on June 1, 2016, and charged with simple battery; at the time he was ordered to have no contact with Michelle Morgan, records show. Police Chief Matt Doering said Saturday that officers had been called to the home at 242 Willow Road in the past due to alleged domestic violence.
And then there was the problem posed by Mrs. Morgan’s final resting place.
Morgan allegedly led the police officer inside the home and to the bedroom, where Michelle Morgan was “on the floor with her back against the bed,” the report said.
The officer first asked Morgan how Michelle Morgan’s body got from the bed to the floor. Morgan allegedly replied that he moved her to that position “to help her,” the report said. He said he used “blankets on the bed to stop her bleeding,” the report said.
Hmmmm. But what of the murder weapon? I mean, supposedly non-drop-safe shotgun?
“I then asked Morgan where the gun was when he went into the room and Morgan could not give me (an) answer,” the report said. Morgan then allegedly told the officer that “he grabbed the gun and ran outside” after the shooting. Morgan allegedly said he put it near a ladder that was up against a fence separating a neighbor’s property, the report said.
Morgan stated he may have tried to climb the ladder to contact the neighbors but that he was “unsure,” the report said. Morgan told the officer that all of this occurred about 10 to 15 minutes prior to the officer’s arrival.
Given the information above, I’m not entirely sure that Mr. Morgan’s account of the negligent discharge that allegedly led to his wife’s death are entirely accurate. I’d like to know why would anyone store a shotgun on top of a dresser and how a shotgun on a dresser would fall to the floor all on its own? Just wondering . . .