Crime

Lexington man previously acquitted of murder now wanted in December shooting

Jefferey C. Morris
Jefferey C. Morris

Lexington police are looking for a man wanted in a shooting that injured a man at a bar on Old Georgetown Street in December.

Jefferey C. Morris, 33, of Lexington is wanted on a charge of first-degree assault, according to police. He is accused of shooting a 40-year-old man on the night of Dec. 27 during a “brief altercation” at Jazzy G’s Bar & Grill.

Morris was found not guilty of murder in 2015 after being charged in the death of Anthony “Tone” Carter.

Carter, 47, was found in the early-morning hours of June 11, 2014 on Chestnut Street with a gunshot wound to the back. He died a short time later at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

At Morris’ trial in October 2015, a former employer testified he’d been working with her in Louisville at the time of the shooting. The jury deliberated for 4 1/2 hours before returning a not-guilty verdict.

After his acquittal, Morris filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit against Lexington Urban County Government and two Lexington police detectives. The lawsuit was dismissed in December.

The lawsuit said Morris “spent more than a year incarcerated for the crimes he did not commit. He must now make a life for himself without the benefit of over a year lost from his life.”

Anyone with information about where Morris might be is asked to call police at 859-258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to 274637. Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020 or Bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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