April 18, 2011
An Albemarle County judge heard testimony Monday morning and then certified the charges against John Wesley Morris.
The alleged victim in the shooting said she and Morris had argued about his drinking, which was a contentious subject. Then she testified her boyfriend pinned her to a bed and said, "Both of us are going to die tonight and you're going to go first."
The victim said she felt something cold against her neck and then watched Morris grind his teeth. She said that's when she "felt waves travel through her body." She soon realize she had been shot and could barely move.
Albemarle County Police Officer Tim Seitz was then called to the witness stand. He told the judge about interviewing Morris, 53, shortly after being arrested on March 27. While Morris was detained and being questioned, he claimed to have found the gun in a pile of clothes at his residence and that the trigger was pulled during a struggle between the two.
It was during that interview that Morris admitted to shooting his girlfriend. He has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.
The female victim, whose identity is not being revealed due to the nature of the crime, was taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center for treatment. She is paralyzed from the waist up on her right side.
Morris was released from jail in 2008 after serving 22 years in prison for double homicide in Albemarle County. He was sentenced to 46 years in jail after being found guilty of killing Ricky Clements and Monte Wanless in 1985.