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Accused Murder Admits to CRR Shooting

MADRAS, OR -- A Jefferson County man accused of fatally shooting a Crooked River Ranch couple in their home has admitted to the murders, according to court documents. Police in Salem arrested 20-year-old Mitchell Julio Morris on Saturday for the Friday evening shootings of 18-year-old Bailee Southwick and 21-year-old Mackenzie Lyman. Morris lived with the couple.


Read more about the hunt for Morris and his eventual arrest, over the weekend.


Court records reveal Morris admitted to police that he shot the man and woman; no motive is revealed. Records show there had not been an argument or fight. Southwick was sitting on the couch when Morris came out of a bedroom and shot him; when Lyman came out of her room, he shot her. Morris then threw the gun down and drove away. 


He faces three counts of Aggravated Murder, two counts of Murder and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Deadly Weapon. 

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