Morris murder trial set to begin in Oregon



COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) — A man accused of killing his mother and her boyfriend in their home near Bandon, Ore., in February 2010 faces trial on aggravated murder charges but prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty if he is convicted.

Gabriel Morris has waived his right to a jury trial and stipulated to certain evidence so witnesses did not have to be brought from the East Coast to testify. Testimony before Judge Martin Stone is expected to begin Tuesday in a Coos County courtroom in Coquille (Co-KEEL’) Ore.

The 34-year-old Morris is accused of fatally shooting 62-year-old Robin Anstey and 48-year-old Robert Kennelly Jr. Prosecutors say Morris fled to the East Coast. He was arrested a few weeks later in Virginia.

The trial is expected to last about eight days.