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Bond denied in Forest Bluff killing

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A circuit judge denied bond Wednesday for a Detroit man accused of an alleged drug-motivated killing from earlier this year.

Terry Nicholas Morton, 34, awaits indictment in connection with the Jan. 2 killing of Christopher Carter, 25, at Forest Bluff Apartments, Unit No. 7036, off East Pea Ridge near Huntington.

Investigators believe Morton and co-defendant Tyerus Brandon Hayes went to the apartment looking to collect on $30,000 in stolen heroin. Both blamed Carter's one-time girlfriend and her coworker.

Morton's attorney, Dennis Kelley, cited his client's more than two months of jail to date, a good record of appearing in court and his willingness to comply with any restrictions the court would place upon his release.

Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell then cited the murder charge and Morton's out-of-state residence in denying the request.

Investigators alleged Morton and Hayes each crossed state lines to elude arrest following the shooting. Morton remained on the run until April 6 when authorities arrested him in Redford, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, following a high-speed chase and foot pursuit.

Hayes, 29, of Atlanta, had been arrested a month earlier in his hometown.

Morton's prior record includes a 2008 felony conviction for carrying a concealed weapon, according to defense comments in court Wednesday.