October 25, 2014

Neighbor accused in toddler death faces death penalty

Shawn Morgan might get a new trial date later this month.

The neighbor accused of killing 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez will most likely face the death penalty when the case goes to trial. Shawn Morgan, 44, of Senath is charged with first-degree murder, child porn possession, and child kidnapping.

The jury trial was to begin Dec. 10 in Kennett.  But the public defender has filed to continue it.  A motions hearing is set for Dec. 10 instead.

Morgan is accused of suffocating Rodriguez with a trash bag after finding her near his pool Aug. 6.

Police recovered her remains and her bike in a floodway 10 days later.  Morgan is in Dunklin County Jail without bond.  The prosecutor has filed to seek the death penalty.  A new trial date is pending.