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August 01, 2006

The issue: Inmate Brandon Morris was indicted in the Jan. 26 shooting of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten. Wroten died Jan. 27, a day after he was shot in the face in a Washington County Hospital room where he was guarding Morris. Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty if Morris is convicted of any of three first-degree murder counts against him. Morris has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

What's new: Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ruled statements Morris made the morning of the shooting to an investigator, excluding those made after he requested an attorney, could be used in his trial. Statements Morris made to police about his medical condition while held at Hagerstown Police Department headquarters were suppressed.

What's next: Attorneys will argue death penalty-related motions Sept. 20. Morris' trial is set to begin Oct. 23 in Washington County.

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