Tausha Morton guilty of first degree murder
Mon, 21 Jun 2010 22:39:07 GMT —
Update: Tuesday, June 29 at 8:36pm
A Boone County jury has found Tausha Morton guilty of first degree murder in the death of Mitchell Kemp.
Update: Tuesday, June 29 at 6:40 p.m.
The jury has requested dinner as they continue to deliberate.
The jury has been in deliberation for nearly six hours.
Update: Tuesday, June 29 at 3:50 p.m.
Jurors are deliberating at Tausha Morton TMs murder trial.
Jurors have three options for Tausha Morton as they deliberate at this hour.
They can render a verdict of not guilty, guilty of first degree murder or guilty of second degree murder.
Update Tuesday, June 29 at 11:55 a.m.
Closing arguments are done in the murder trial of Tausha Morton.
The prosecution said that the motive behind Mitch Kemp TMs murder was that Tausha Morton wanted sole custody of her daughter.
The defense said that Greg Morton wanted to dominate Tausha Morton TMs life and killed Mitch Kemp in a fit of jealousy.
The jury is deliberating. They have three options, not guilty, guilty of first degree murder or guilty of second degree murder.
Update Tuesday, June 29 at 9:33 a.m.
Closing arguments are underway in the murder trial of Tausha Morton.
Public defenders say they expect a verdict today.
Watch KRCG News for the latest in this case.
Update: Monday, June 28 at 5:20 p.m.
The defense has rested their case in the murder trial of Tausha Morton.
Closing arguments will be Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Update: Monday, June 28 at 5:17 p.m.
The prosecution rests it case in the trial of a Columbia woman charged with murdering her ex-husband.
Tasha Morton is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Mitch Kemp, six years ago.
Police don't think she fired the weapon but lured Kemp to a Boone County farm, where Greg Morton shot Kemp.
Morton had already pleaded guilty to the crime.
The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.
Update: Monday, June 28 at 12:01 p.m.
The trial of a Columbia woman charged with murdering one of her husbands is continues for the fifth day in Boone County.
The prosecution continues to call witnesses in the case, and the jury is watching more video of interviews Tausha Morton made three years ago with authorities in Alabama.
The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.
Update: Friday, June 24 at 10:50 a.m.
On day four for testimony, day five of the trial, jurors are watching a police video of an interview between Tausha Morton and Boone County Sheriff detectives.
The video, from 2007, of Tausha shows that she initially denied her presence and involvement with the shooting death of her estranged husband Mitch Kemp.
Authorities have more than 10 hours of video for jurors to watch. The trial is expected to last at least until Wednesday.
Update: Thursday, June 24 at 2:29 p.m.
Prosecutors called another boyfriend of Tausha Morton TMs to stand.
Dwayne Barrentine told the jury that Keith Jones told him that Tausha Morton told Jones that she was involved with the murder of one of her exes.
Barrentine met Jones when he was taking Jones to the hospital after he overdosed on meth. Tausha asked Barrentine to help Jones as a favor to her.
Barrentine became suspicion of Tausha and started to dig into her past, which led him to talk to Jones.
Update: Thursday, June 24 at 11:45 a.m.
Friends of a Columbia woman accused of plotting to kill her estranged husband six years ago continue to testify at during the third day of testimony.
Tausha Morton faces a charge of first degree murder for the shooting death of Mitch Kemp.
Wednesday, her husband Greg Morton finished his testimony.
Thursday, prosecution called Keith Jones to the stand.
Jones was Tausha Morton's boyfriend after she broke up with Greg Morton. Jones said that Tausha Morton told him she tricked Mitch Kemp into coming to her house so Greg Morton could shoot him.
"She said that she met him, I think some place where he was at, a bar or wherever he was, Jones said on the stand. She got him to come back to the farm. When he got out of the vehicle, Mr. Morton was there and shot him."Update: Wednesday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Greg Morton is off the stand after a three and a half hour cross examination.
The prosecution is continuing to call witnesses.
Update: Wednesday, June 23 at 11:25 a.m.
Greg Morton reenacted the shooting of Mitchell Kemp for the jury.
The defense is trying to show that Greg Morton killed Kemp because he wanted to replace him as Tausha Morton TMs husband, not that Tausha Morton was the mastermind behind the murder.
Update: Wednesday, June 23 at 10:45 a.m.
Day Two of testimony in the murder trial of Tausha Morton is underway.
The prosecution finished questioning confessed murder Gregory Morton shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
According to his plea agreement, Gregory Morton pleaded guilty to second degree murder and is testifying against Tausha.
Gergory told the jury that he was suicidal and was tearing up on the stand
The defense started questioning Gregory Morton shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Update: Tuesday, June 22 at 4:14 p.m.
Prosecutors called Greg Morton to the stand.
Greg admitted to shooting and killing Mitchell Kemp.
He is currently, still, on the stands.
Update: Tuesday, June 22 at 2:25 p.m.
Prosecutors are calling witnesses.
Witnesses included the victim TMs mother, Carol Kemp, the victim TMs son, Shane Kemp. Law enforcement officers involved in investigating the murder suspect were also called to the stand.
Prosecutor TMs used the witnesses to show that Tausha Morton lied to authorities, when she said that she knew nothing about the murder.
Greg Morton, Tausha's ex-husband, is working with authorities. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder last June and is expected to testify this week.
Update: Tuesday, June 22 at 10:40 a.m.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their opening arguments in the first degree murder trial of a Columbia woman accused of murdering her estranged husband.
Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Hayes said Tausha Morton was the mastermind behind the shooting death of Mitchell Kemp.
Hayes said this was difficult case to solve because it is six years old.
Public Defender Paul Hood told jurors that Tausha's husband at the time of the murder, Greg Morton, was the trigger man.
Hood said Greg Morton killed Kemp because he wanted to dominate Tausha TMs life.
A Boone County jury is set to hear a 6-year-old murder case that prosecutors said was difficult to solve.
Tausha Morton is charged with first degree murder for the death of her estranged husband Mitchell Kemp.
She was married to Kemp at the time of his death in 2004 and later married Greg Morton.
Last June, Greg Morton pleaded guilty to second degree murder and is expected to testify against Tausha this week.
Kemps disappearance remained a mystery for four years until Tausha Morton led Boone County sheriff's deputies to his body on property south of Columbia that Greg Morton once owned.
Jury selection is still underway this afternoon and a defense attorney said it will probably continue well into the evening.
Opening arguments are scheduled to being at 9 a.m. Tuesday.