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Published: Wednesday, 7/11/2001

Man to remain in mental unit for slaying

Russell Morris, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the 1997 murder of his grandmother, will continue to be held in a mental-health facility for at least two more years.

Judge Charles Wittenberg made the ruling after a competency hearing yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

State law requires such a hearing every two years. Mr. Morris will continue to be held at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System, 930 South Detroit Ave.

Judge Wittenberg made his original finding after a trial for Mr. Morris, 25, at which mental-health professionals agreed he couldn't differentiate right from wrong.

The body of Geraldine Morris, 73, was found in the trunk of her car after it had been towed to a body shop after an accident at U.S. 20 and Pemberville Road.

Mr. Morris, who had been driving the car, fled, but was found in a nearby barn. She had been slain in her Bernath Court home.

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