District Attorney Daniella M. Shorter, announced the convictions of Damion Whitley, Treyon Washington and CDarrius Norman in the murder of Troy Morris. Whitley was sentenced by Judge Tomika H. Irving to forty (40) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Whitley will serve thirty (30) years with no parole eligibility.
On August 7, 2020, the body of Troy Morris was found on the side of US 61 South of Fayette, Mississippi. Mr. Morris, an off-duty Mississippi Highway Patrolman, had been working his part time job with the United States Postal Service at the time of his murder. Evidence recovered at the scene and testimony provided by eyewitnesses established Whitley as the perpetrator. The defendant pleaded guilty to depraved heart murder and received the maximum sentence afforded by law.
Both Washington and Norman pleaded guilty to the crime of accessory after the fact. Judge Irving sentenced Washington to twenty (20) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections; fifteen (15) years suspended; five (5) years to serve. Norman was sentenced to twenty (20) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections; ten (10) Assistant District Attorney PATRICK E. BEASLEY Assistant District Attorney LARRY G. BAKER Assistant District Attorney KEITH L. GATES Claiborne 601-437-3822 Copiah 601-894-5040 Jefferson 601-786-8630 STATE OF MISSISSIPPI OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY TWENTY-SECOND CIRCUIT COURT DISTRICT Bad Check Unit/Office Manager CATHY SANDERS Criminal Investigator KEITH DENSON Victim Assistance Coordinator RAQUEL RANKIN Victim Assistance Coordinator RETANGIA EPPS Administrative Assistant BRIDGET EVANS years to serve; ten (10) years suspended. There are several other indicted defendants in this matter that are scheduled for trial in October of this year.