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Charges: Man lived with brother's corpse for 17 days after shooting him

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 5:52 a.m. MDT

Carbon County sheriff's detectives say Kurt Alan Morris, 55, killed is brother, 50-year-old Jack Roger Morris, on Aug. 18, 2012, inside the mobile home they shared in Carbonville. The homicide was discovered Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, when Kurt Morris apparently attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News) Carbon County sheriff's detectives say Kurt Alan Morris, 55, killed is brother, 50-year-old Jack Roger Morris, on Aug. 18, 2012, inside the mobile home they shared in Carbonville. The homicide was discovered Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, when Kurt Morris apparently attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News)

PRICE — Seventeen days.

That's how long Kurt Alan Morris lived in a Carbon County mobile home with the corpse of his brother decomposing in a bedroom down the hall, according to charging documents filed Thursday in 7th District Court.

Morris is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in connection with the shooting death of his 50-year-old brother, Jack Roger Morris.

The homicide was discovered Sept. 4, when Carbon County sheriff's deputies responded to a call at the mobile home the men shared in Carbonville. A neighbor had reported that a hose was strung from the tailpipe of an idling pickup truck into the home, said Carbon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tom Stefanoff.

A deputy entered the home and found Kurt Morris, 55, unresponsive on a bedroom floor, Stefanoff said. Deputies and paramedics were able to revive him and asked whether anyone else lived there.

A neighbor called Carbon County sheriff's deputies Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, after spotting a hose running from a truck's tailpipe into the mobile home Kurt Alan Morris and Jack Roger Morris shared in Carbonville. Deputies found Kurt Morris, 55, alive and located the body of his brother, 50-year-old Jack Morris inside. They say Kurt Morris shot and killed his brother inside the mobile home on Aug. 18, 2012. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News) A neighbor called Carbon County sheriff's deputies Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, after spotting a hose running from a truck's tailpipe into the mobile home Kurt Alan Morris and Jack Roger Morris shared in Carbonville. Deputies found Kurt Morris, 55, alive and located the body of his brother, 50-year-old Jack Morris inside. They say Kurt Morris shot and killed his brother inside the mobile home on Aug. 18, 2012. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News)

"He said his brother did, but his brother was at work," Stefanoff said. "He then changed his story and said the brother was inside."

A deputy re-entered the home and found a second bedroom that had plastic sheeting over the door and was sealed by duct tape. Inside the bedroom, deputies found the body of Jack Morris on a bed with a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators said Jack Morris had been dead "a week or more." In charging documents filed against Kurt Morris, Carbon County prosecutors said Morris was killed on Aug. 18 — more than two weeks before his body was found. 

The charges did not list a possible motive for the slaying.

Kurt Morris remains in the Carbon County Jail, where he is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bail. His first court appearance on the murder charge still had not been scheduled late Friday.

Carbon County sheriff's deputies say Kurt Alan Morris, 55, killed his brother, 50-year-old Jack Roger Morris, Aug. 18, 2012, inside the mobile home they shared in Carbonville. The homicide was discovered Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, when Kurt Morris apparently attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. (Carbon County Sheriff's Office) Carbon County sheriff's deputies say Kurt Alan Morris, 55, killed his brother, 50-year-old Jack Roger Morris, Aug. 18, 2012, inside the mobile home they shared in Carbonville. The homicide was discovered Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, when Kurt Morris apparently attempted suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. (Carbon County Sheriff's Office)

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