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The Ascension murder suspect’s long case file

ASCENSION, La. (WAFB) – The 50-year-old Gonzales man accused of killing his wife in Ascension Parish Wednesday has been charged in three other cases involving people seriously injured or killed, according to records reviewed by WAFB I- TEAM.

In the latest case, Sean Morris is accused of shooting and killing 44-year-old Brenda Morris during an argument Wednesday, June 26, Ascension Parish deputies said.

A search of criminal record databases shows that Morris has been charged with many other serious crimes in the past.

In 1993, he was arrested for a homicide in Livingston Parish. After a trial the following year, he was found not guilty.

In 2000, Morris and a Geismar man, Marvin Jones, were both charged with first-degree murder in the brutal shootings of Shanira Bringier and two children. The trio were kidnapped from Ascension Parish and taken to West Baton Rouge, where they were killed. Prosecutors said two different weapons were used in the killings. Jones was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. However, Morris never went to trial. A few years later, prosecutors dropped the charges against him in that case.

The Advocate newspaper, 2001(The Lawyer Newspaper)

In 2009, Morris was arrested again. This time, Baton Rouge police charged him with armed robbery of a restaurant. He missed several court appearances and in 2015 eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of simple theft and was sentenced to four years of hard labor with credit for time served. However, because of the “good time” rate under Louisiana state law, he was required to serve only 40 percent of his sentence and was released in May 2016, records show.

Four years later, in 2020, he was arrested again. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department charged Morris with shooting his son and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree aggravated battery. However, prosecutors say charges were dropped in that case after the son later changed his story, saying he shot himself accidentally.

In his most recent case, Judge Steven Tureau set bond for Morris at $2.1 million. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, he remained incarcerated at the Ascension Parish Jail, records showed.

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