SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
On December 23 Newlin gave Pease one of his own guns. Newlin also gave Pease the slugs and bird shot that were subsequently used. He told Pease that Christmas Day would be the time because Newlin and Thomas would be at Pease’s mother’s house for Christmas and Jeremy would be alone in the trailer.
“When I got to the trailer, Jeremy was not there. I called Wayne and he said to take things from Jeremy’s room to ‘piss Jeremy off’.” Pease said. He said he took a projector, knives, and crushed a dog cage after releasing the dog because the dog was an attachment between Jeremy and Heather.
The plan between the two men consisted of shooting Morgan, wrapping him up in plastic, tying concrete blocks to him and dropping him in an abandoned well on neighboring uninhabited Voudrie property.
Since the plan failed on Christmas day, Pease said that Newlin told him to ‘get rid of him by the end of the year’.
Pease testified that on December 29, while Newlin and Thomas were away from the trailer, he shot Morgan, dragged him into the bucket of a tractor and drove to the abandoned Voudrie farm approximately a quarter mile away.
While he was driving to the farm, Pease said two Shelby County sheriff’s vehicle passed him. He said he panicked and left the tractor with the body still in the bucket at the farm. He met with friends in Decatur who helped him dispose of the gun in Lake Decatur. He returned to his mother’s home to rest before running away. While he was asleep, the police arrived at the home where Pease confessed to the shooting and was arrested. He also showed authorities where he put the gun in the lake.
The prosecution also presented testimony from the victim’s brother Jason Morgan and several expert witnesses. The jury also heard the recording of the 9-1-1 call made by Morgan and photographs from the crime scene.
The trial continues Wednesday in Effingham.