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Richard Morriston
Name Richard Morriston
Title Mark Landry
Kevin Massey
Occupation Real estate broker
Pathology Serial killer
Mass murderer
Con artist
Repeat offender
Status Deceased
Actor Tim Guinee
First Appearance "Hubris"

Richard Morriston, was a career con-artist who manipulated, abused, and killed multiple people.

BackgroundEdit

Morriston was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and eventually attended the University of Utah Law school. Morriston dropped out in 1994 after he killed his girlfriend Beth Fazekas. Morriston moved to Chicago, Illinois and eventually moved in with a woman who he was physically abusive with. When she reported him he intimidated her to drop the charges and he moved to Denver, Colorado. When he was arrested for fraud in 1998 Morriston plead guilty to a misdemeanor and moved to New York.

He started using fake names to get a real estate license and met and charmed Susan Kimball into letting him move in with her. Morriston used Kimball's corporate accounts and insider information to make stock trades. When Kimball confronted him, Morriston beat her and was arrested for it but was released when Kimball refused to press charges out of fear. Morriston got another real estate license under a new name and through this work he met a woman named Gail Churchill, who was looking for a new apartment after her divorce. After Morriston sold her a house the two of them started dating over the next couple of months. After Morriston gave her a necklace belonging to Fazekas, Churchill tracked the jewelry to its original owner and discovers Morriston’s real identity.

Morriston eventually discovers her actions and plots to kill her. Based on Churchill’s schedule, he set up an appointment to show a house, the Carrington House, he was selling at around the time after the time he planned to kill her to establish an alibi. Morriston broke into the jewelry store to kill Gail and make it look like a robbery, but only the owners were there so he killed them and waited for her, forcing him to abandon his alibi. About two hours later Gail arrived with her daughter and Morriston killed them both, took the surveillance tapes and jewelry worth $70,000, and fled the scene. He went to the Carrington House, and hid a gym bag carrying the jewels and gun he used in a locked electrical room.

HubrisEdit

Detectives Briscoe and Green interview him when the assistant manager finds the bodies and he tells them he was showing a house at the time of the murders and realized the police knew Gail was targeted. Morriston casts slight suspicion on the ex-husband David but doesn't incriminate him in order to divert the detectives away from himself. After the police discover his real name and past history a few weeks after the murders, the police call his office to interview him again. His secretary, Annette Perry, gives him the message and Morriston rushes back to his apartment to destroy the tapes from the store. The Detectives get their first and try to block him from entering his apartment before the get a warrant but Morriston moves around them. But his door won’t open since Green shoved a toothpick into the lock and when the warrant comes they bust down his door and find the surveillance tapes.

Morriston is arrested for four counts of second-degree murder and remanded to custody pending trial. EADA McCoy and ADA Carmichael visit him with his attorney present where they try to work out a deal, but Morriston continues to profess his innocence. After his attorney manages to suppress the tapes, the police find the gun and jewelry so Morriston files a motion to represent himself. In Judge Bradley’s chambers, Bradley advises against this but Morriston stands by his decision. Despite McCoy’s objection Bradley allows it, but McCoy insists Morriston keep his current attorney as his legal advisor. Morriston then files motions for bail and to suppress the necklace and record. The judge set Morriston’s bail at $1,000,000 but allows both the necklace and Morriston’s fraud conviction admissible at trail.

During the trail, Morriston subtly tampered with the jury forewoman, Carol Gibbons, by taking every chance to get her to look at him and address her and finally, touch her hand. McCoy noticed this and had the police track his movements and tried to get the juror disqualified but fails. After McCoy rests, Morriston calls Perry to the stand to give him an false alibi after he seduced her over the last few weeks. McCoy tries to disqualify her but she is allowed to testify and gets the police to stop following him. He eventually tracks Gibbons down, has dinner with him, and seduces her into declaring him not guilty. When he takes the stand, he continues to charm the jury forewoman and lies on the stand about killing those people. McCoy does his best to discredit Morriston’s testimony, but a mistrial was declared due to his manipulations. Morriston then broke up with Gibbons two days after the trial and Gibbons explained everything to the DA's office. Morriston discovers this, sneaks into her apartment and attempts to kill her, but Gibbons fights back and stabs him to death in the neck in self-defense. (L&O: "Hubris")

Known VictimsEdit

  • 1994, Salt Lake City, Utah: Beth Fazekas (killed)
  • Unknown date prior to 1998, Chicago: Unnamed woman (assaulted)
  • Unknown date in between 1998 and 2000, New York: Susan Kimball (assaulted)
  • November 11th, 2000: The jewelry store massacre:
    • Adam Bennett
    • Corinne Bennett
    • Gail Churchill
    • Ellie Churchill
  • January 15, 2001: Carol Gibbons (attempted to strangle)

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