Teen Charged In Triple Killings Had Numerous Prior Arrests

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Lookout Valley teen charged in a triple killing on Wednesday night already had a rap sheet over a page long, though he is only 19.

Derek Morse had a string of charges in General Sessions Court, starting with an assault in August 2012 just after he reached the age of 18.

Then he was arrested in February 2013 for possession of drugs for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Morse picked up another assault charge just three weeks later.

Last November, he was taken into custody for disorderly conduct.

On Jan. 9, Morse was charged with four counts of aggravated assault as well as domestic assault and neglect of an adult.

Last month, he was charged with criminal conspiracy, theft over $500, two counts of theft over $10,000, five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and four counts of forgery. Those incidents were said to have occurred in March 2013.

None of his cases had yet reached Criminal Court.

One of the slaying victims, 29-year-old Caleb N. Boozer, was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The other two victims, 59-year-old John F. Lang, and 24-year-old Jon E. Morris, apparently did not have criminal records.


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