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4/19/2012 6:01:00 AM
Escaped inmate close to plea deal
Darren Morrison
Darren Morrison

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Lawyers on both sides of the aisle said they are close to reaching a plea agreement in the case of a Mohave County inmate who escaped from custody in January.

The lawyers met during a status hearing in Mohave Superior Court Tuesday where defendant Darren Morrison was watched by half a dozen armed guards. Morrison, 27, escaped from custody Jan. 18 as he was being unloaded from a jail transport van behind the courthouse on Spring Street for a routine hearing in a domestic violence case.

His wife, Ashley Morrison, 24, is charged with buying several pairs of handcuff keys online in November and then stuffing them inside the cushions of multiple chairs in the jury box where defendants are often sat during hearings.

Authorities have said Darren Morrison picked up a pair of the keys during one of two hearings he had in December. He then held onto the keys before using them to shed his shackles as he was being brought to court in January. Surveillance footage of the escape showed Morrison jumping out of the van and being chased by a single detention officer while a second inmate stood against the wall watching the incident unfold.

Morrison spent six days on the run before he was arrested after being seen trying to break into his home in the 300 block of Copper Street for more supplies. His wife was arrested the same day of the escape after authorities uncovered taped jail conversations implicating her.

Terms of the plea agreement weren't disclosed, but lawyers said the deal would resolve both Morrison's domestic violence assault charge against his wife for which he was originally incarcerated and his subsequent escape.

Ashley Morrison's case is still pending. She recently wrote to the court complaining of too much time between her hearings and asked for a reduction in her bail.

"I am not a flight risk regardless of who my husband is," she wrote.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: Very Interesting

How does one get away with putting cuff keys in seats? Is there a "open house" in the court rooms where anyone can just walk in an put keys in? Did the security not think of anything when she went threw the metal detector?

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Sounds like a stupid case. Domestic violence. How about some details? Based on what I read, send them both home. Waste of resources.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"Terms of the plea agreement weren't disclosed,"

Translation.......It's a real sweet deal for the perp and they don't want you to know it.


Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: No way

This guy made monkeys of law enforcement. How is a plea even on the table.

Come on...People have been made "examples" of for ALOT less.

It seems giving him any kind of plea would equate to him mocking Law enforcement again along with our system of law enforcement mocking itself as well.

Thats nice. Prefect closure This time.


Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Joe Blow

Perhaps we read different articles. Where in this one exactly does it say either of them is going to walk? Also, for some reason, I would almost bet you would be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon and complain if they took this to trial as well.


Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Cannot Belieive this

I cannot beleive a PLEA agreement. He is an escaped convict!!! What part of that statement dictates he should get a plea agreement.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Blow

Hmmmm ... didn't somebody back when this whole event was coming down predict these two would be walking? Naw, musta been a bad dream.

Welcome to Mohave County -- land of the plea deals.




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