Morgan started his tenure in 2009 and almost immediately got a “big” case. The night that Byrd & Melanie Billings were killed catapulted Sheriff Morgan to the national media stage. This was “the feather” in his cap.
According to Edward Bronson, a media expert retained by the defense. Morgan was featured in 239 articles in the PNJ in reference to the Billings case and Patrick Gonzalez. That does not count the numerous national TV appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Bronson reviewed 250 newspaper articles from 2007-2010 mentioning Patrick (Poff) Gonzalez. 11 of those were from 2007-2008, prior to the murders. Here is an excerpt from his report:
The quotes by the sheriff in this case:
“Among his notable achievements during his first term in office,were …His commitment to this level of cooperation and transparency extended to his handling of the investigation of the Billings homicide case in 2009, where, through mutual cooperation with the national media and his exemplary investigative staff, in approximately 96 hours, 7 suspects were in custody and in 118 hours an 8th suspect was arrested.”— www.voteDavidMorgan2012.com
The next serious of news exposure did not portray the Sheriff in such a positive light.
The headlines across the internet this created were phenomenal.
Let’s not forget the “Blue Moon/Witchcraft Case”. Morgan made the prophetic statement that “this is witchcraft” about a triple murder purely on the basis of a Wicca book at the suspect’s home. Colossal rush to judgment. I personally contacted nationally recognized paranormal expert, Michelle Belanger, to comment on this statement of the Honorable Sheriff. She made a video to respond.
I really could go on for days about the attempts of ye olde sheriff to try to bombast everything he can, but I do have other posts on his legacy.
** From the last post, here are the links to Morgan’s financials.