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October 30, 2014

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Trial set for man facing death penalty in elderly woman’s slaying

A man facing the death penalty in the robbery, pistol-whipping and fatal shooting of a 75-year-old woman will be tried next year in Clark County District Court.

Bayzle Morgan, 22, is accused of cornering and killing Jean Main at her home in the 8000 block of Green Pasture Avenue on May 21, 2013. Metro Police allege he shot the woman in the head, leaving her lifeless body inside a bathroom as he made off with $800, a Kindle Fire, a laptop, and Main’s purse.

Authorities said Morgan left Main’s house with the help of suspected getaway driver Keith Smith, who faces a gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit burglary and a felony burglary charge.

Police tracked down Morgan, an ex-convict, after finding his blood at the crime scene, authorities said. He faces felony charges of first-degree murder, robbery, burglary and kidnapping.

District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt scheduled the trial of Morgan and Smith for Feb. 3. It had previously been scheduled for June 24, but defense attorneys Dayvid Figler and John Parris asked for an extension.

Morgan is also facing a felony charge of robbery with a deadly weapon in the theft of a motorcycle in an unrelated case.

That trial is slated for Nov. 17. Morgan pleaded guilty in 2010 to a charge of receiving or transferring stolen vehicles.

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