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Arrest made in shooting in Thomson

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THOMSON --- A man was arrested at an Augusta hospital Thursday and charged with the shooting death of a 79-year-old McDuffie County musician and retired farmer earlier this week.

Gregory Louis Morris: Man has been charged in the shooting death of Pate Morris of Thomson. A bond hearing will likely be held today.  Special
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Gregory Louis Morris: Man has been charged in the shooting death of Pate Morris of Thomson. A bond hearing will likely be held today.


Gregory Louis Morris, 52, of the 800 block of South Main Street in Maxeys, Ga., was taken into custody at Doctors' Hospital about noon Thursday, said McDuffie County Sheriff's Office Maj. Ronnie Williamson.

Morris is charged with malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime -- both felonies. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.

He was being held without bond in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson. A first appearance bond hearing is expected to be held today.

Gregory Morris is accused in the slaying of Pate Morris, whose body was discovered in the driveway of his residence on the 500 block of White Oak Campground Road about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Williamson said. Authorities had not determined if the two men are related.

Pate Morris was shot after getting out of his car, according to Michael T. Ayers, the special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson. An autopsy performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta on Wednesday confirmed he was shot more than once.

Authorities have not said what type of weapon was used or whether it has been recovered.

Gregory Morris was being treated for an unrelated medical condition when he was taken into custody, Ayers said. A 1985 Chevrolet Impala was taken from the parking lot of Doctors' Hospital and impounded.

Williamson said the case was solved as quickly as it was because of the cooperation between agencies, including sheriff's offices in Columbia, Richmond and Oglethorpe counties.

"We also received overwhelming support from the public," resulting in several leads, he said.

A roadblock was set up in McDuffie County for four hours Wednesday, in part to gain help from the public, authorities said.

Graveside services for Pate Morris are scheduled at 2 p.m. today at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.

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jebko
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jebko 11/18/10 - 05:26 pm
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It was his nephew.....Pate

It was his nephew.....Pate had over $1,000.00 in cash still on his person.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 11/18/10 - 05:47 pm
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so his own nephew did this??

so his own nephew did this?? And apparently for no good reason? How horrible.

april65
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april65 11/18/10 - 05:59 pm
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What's a good reason?

What's a good reason?

corgimom
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corgimom 11/18/10 - 06:09 pm
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Aside from psychopaths,

Aside from psychopaths, murder usually involves sex or money. Those are the two things that drive people to kill.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 11/18/10 - 06:34 pm
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According to jebko he had

According to jebko he had over $1,000 on him so it doesn't sound like money was the motive.

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rmwhitley 11/18/10 - 08:08 pm
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Disgusting!
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Disgusting!

Truth Be Told In Bold
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Truth Be Told In Bold 11/19/10 - 05:37 am
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I am very appreciative of the

I am very appreciative of the efforts of officers that took Greg Morris into custody, and thankful that things mixed to prevent more terror from happening. I went to school with him. I remember him fairly well. I am so very shocked and wonder of the madness that caused things to go so bad that he felt he had to take the life of another person that I also knew from younger years. My prayers to the families of both men.

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pommom38 11/19/10 - 09:47 am
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My hats off, (if wore hats)

My hats off, (if wore hats) to the combined police agencies! And to the public for coming forward so quickly!
No matter what the reason, this is sad and tragic. Prayers and thoughts with the family and friends left behind..

augrichgal
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augrichgal 11/19/10 - 03:24 pm
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Disgusting! People have just

Disgusting! People have just become greedy, mean, and no respect for life.

thoga
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thoga 11/19/10 - 10:32 am
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I aslo went to school with

I aslo went to school with Greg Morris and with Mr. Morris's son Michael P. When some one said his nephew killed him my first thought was Greg--not sure why--it has been 34 years since I have seen him. You never know what makes a person do things.

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burninater 11/19/10 - 02:27 pm
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augrichgirl, if the posted

augrichgirl, if the posted comments are correct, the victim, not the suspect, still had $1000 on him ... so unless the suspect was interrupted, robbery wouldn't appear to be the motive.

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Sweet son 11/19/10 - 04:03 pm
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corigmon, you forgot to

corigmon, you forgot to mention the other cause for murder. You said money and sex but you can also add drugs to the list. Any one of the three makes people go crazy.

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