Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Morris twins’ attorneys seek new grand jury in assault case

Marcus, left, and Markieff Morris

Marcus, left, and Markieff Morris


Defense attorneys for former Kansas University basketball standouts Marcus and Markieff Morris are seeking a new grand jury for the twin brothers, who are charged with aggravated assault.

The Arizona Republic reported lawyers representing the NBA players claim prosecutors presented “false and misleading evidence” and withheld information pertinent to the case in a motion to return it to a grand jury and determine whether probable cause exists.

Marcus, who has since been traded to Detroit, and Markieff, who remains on Phoenix’s roster, both played for the Suns when the alleged assault took place in January. They pleaded not guilty to the charges in May.

Both Morris brothers and three other men are accused of assaulting 36-year-old Erik Hood, at a sports complex in Phoenix.

According to the Republic, the twins’ attorneys contend a witness told police he saw the Morris brothers in a parking lot “at least 100 yards away from the fracas,” and the testimony wasn’t shared with the grand jury. The motion also said prosecutors failed to mention Hood changed his version of the incident.

The Morris twins are due back in Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court on September 16.

None by MC Superior Court


Humpy Helsel 5 years, 4 months ago

As I've said here before, having money and being "lawyered up" might keep you out of jail or prison, but I can assure you the Phoenix Sun franchise, nor the league office likes seeing this played out in the local Phoenix paper and talked about each day on the local drive home sports shows. Not in today's professional sports climate where violence is verboten, and community image for pro sports franchises is everything. Those contracts have null and void clauses for specific circumstances which are probably fairly boiler plate these days. The twins are good, but not that good. One has been traded and the other might be if anyone would take them with these charges hanging over their head. They have created a remarkable career for themselves and have made a great deal of money, and stand to make much more if they fulfill those most recent contracts. But the end, they didn't do mom any favors on this one.

Richard Aronoff 5 years, 4 months ago

So nice of you to convict them without a trial. If exculpatory evidence was withheld, it's a crime on the part of the prosecutors.

Beate Williams 5 years, 4 months ago

Thank god someone read the article. Evidence was withheld and if what the lawyer is saying is true, that evidence would indicate they had nothing to do with the assault. Someone trying to take advantage of the fact they were in the vicinity, trying to make a quick buck. Based on what we know now, it appears the person who brought the charges and the DA are the ones who should be ridiculed and not the twins.

Chris Bailey 5 years, 3 months ago

I think he's simply saying no matter they're involvement if looks bad when you're accused of something like this because in the public eye people will only see Morris Twins and Trial. They won't read the whole article. I mean that's why they have headlines. I don't read every article with who's headline I see. And even if they didn't have anything to do with it I'm guessing the other three named suspects knew the twins and should have simply walked away. Three guys on one isn't a necessary fight and those odds aren't favorable if the twins were involved that changes to 5 on one. Either way you gotta have thick skin to play the game. It's not worth it to get any bad publicity because it's gonna cost you either way.

Rodney Crain 5 years, 4 months ago

Richard, Beate before you go off beating your chest about injustice here, how about we look at some facts?

  1. Erik Hood was known to the twins, and their mother (she has a part in this it appears) from Philly. So this was not just someone. He actually worked for them in the past and was a friend with their mother. She texted him right before this happened back on Jan. 24th actually. There was a connection here. See phone records. Oh oh facts, not something their lawyer likes.
  2. The prosecutors tried very hard to not bring charges, they waited 3+ months. Pushed for numerous revisits of the evidence by the police. There was no rush to judgement, look at timeline for petes sakes.
  3. Of course their lawyer is pushing every button he can to get this case thrown out now that it is moving forward. Does not mean he can prove anything he is saying? There are many witnesses who put the twins in the middle of this, starting from inside the building to the parking lot. There is a mob element here and the plantiff suffered documented injuries.
  4. This is critical guys, it is their lawyer that is trying this in the press not the DA. So you are only getting one side. Which is all that is in this short article.

Two counts were made, I actually read the indictment, and it cites other defendants which were involved which backs up the numerous witnesses about a 3 on1, 5 on 1 attack of Hood. Not sure where you think this is made up.

I get the innocent until proven guilty position but to think this article above gives you all the information you need to say that something is afoul is well not very informed. You do not have the complete story.

Something happened, injuries were treated of just Mr. Hood. There is history and motive on the part of the group that were charged with the assault on Mr Hood, and the DA has taken time to make sure he had enough to charge them.

No idea how you can make the jump in judgement you did without at least considering both sides and understanding how we got here.

Bryce Landon 5 years, 4 months ago

Considering the twins got into trouble more than once while students as KU, and have had a few other scrapes since leaving for the NBA, it's understandable that someone would be inclined to pass judgment on them quickly. They have that sort of reputation, which doesn't really go over well in a rural Midwestern state like Kansas.

Elias Dunlavy 5 years, 4 months ago

I love the Morris twins but between the BB gun incident, fight with football team, Marcus being cited for battery while at KU, this current assault investigation. They obviously are not model citizens but I don't think they are the worst guys in the world either.....tbh I still havnt forgiven Marcus for his unnecessary bravado before the VCU game and Markieff for his 6 turnovers in the first half alone of that same game.

Keith Gellar 5 years, 4 months ago

just funny how they got through their time here @ KU without getting kicked off the team or suspended with all their shenanigans. Compare that to what happened to tharpe and that's a head scratcher- so you can assault people, get in fights, and thats ok, but post a risque pic on twitter and suddenly, you have crossed the limits?

Eliott Reeder 5 years, 4 months ago

Indeed. I've always felt sorry for Tharpe, though I suppose it was an accumulation of things that did him in. A lot of players have done worse and stuck around... assault charges, DUI's, etc.

Greg Ledom 5 years, 4 months ago

It's hard to compare and contrast when you don't know the whole story. The reality of it all is that none of us will ever know the whole story, and thus I will withhold judgment on trying to compare and contrast incidients between players and what played out for each.

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