Demont Morris and Estranged Wife Royale Lee Morris Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Johnstown PA

JOHNSTOWN MURDER-SUICIDE:  Demont Morris, 40, reportedly killed his estranged wife, Royale Lee Morris, before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday afternoon at the Oakhurst Homes in Johnstown, Pa. Police said neighbors heard the couple arguing and then heard two gunshots.

The couple has two children, who lived with their mother, and are now staying with relatives. This is another case of domestic violence that could have been avoided. We have been covering murder-suicides for quite some time and this disturbing trend doesn’t show any sign of abating. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Royale Lee Morris, 38, and her two kids, who are now orphaned.

I came across a press release from the Pittsburgh Division of the FBI that announces the December 1, 2009, sentencing of Demont Morris, AKA Guy Morris, a resident of Johnstown, Penn., to 60 months in federal prison and five years supervised release on his conviction on federal narcotics charges. If this is the same Demont Morris, and my guess is that it is, he was still on supervised release from jail.

United States District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Morris, age 37. According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines, from in or around the beginning of 2002, to on or about March 20, 2006, Morris conspired with other individuals to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

This could explain why he was estranged from his wife, Royale Lee Morris. Still doesn’t make it right.

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