Alabama Man Accused Of Beating Man To Death With Shovel Might Have Been Motivated By Race_freckle removal youtube

Jax Miller·3 min read

An Alabama man is accused of beating a man to death with a shovel in what prosecutors say was a murder possibly motivated by race.

Morgan Barnhill, 27, called police on Tuesday to report a supposed burglary at his Tillman’s Corner home in Mobile, Alabama, according to CBS affiliate WKRG 5 News. At that point, he told authorities he beat the unknown intruder in the head.

The supposed intruder was later identified as Etienne Murray, 25, who succumbed to his injuries on Friday.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered [Barnhill had] observed an unknown male subject attempting to enter the shed,” police initially stated. “The victim confronted the subject and struck him with a shovel on his head.”

But authorities now say that Barnhill did, in fact, know the victim and that the burglary claims were all a lie.

“Through the investigation, it was determined that the alleged victim (Barnhill) intentionally misled officers about an attempted burglary on the 4300 block of Windy Hill Circle East,” authorities stated in the updated release.

Detectives allegedly found “several inconsistencies” in Barnhill’s statement.

Murray’s mother, Linda Gayle, told Mobile, Alabama Fox affiliate WALA that Barnhill and Murray had been friends — and that Barnhill had invited Murray over for a barbecue before confronting him about a missing purse.

During a bond hearing on Monday, prosecutors said that Barnhill beat Murray with a shovel and a pipe, according to WKRG. They also said that Barnhill, who is white, was motivated by the belief that Murray, who is Black, had stolen from him, and that race might have been a factor in the attack.

Barnhill then allegedly left Murray’s body for hours before finally calling the police.

Graphic photos of the victim in his hospital bed were published by WALA when he was still fighting for his life.

“After he beat by baby, he left him there, didn’t call for help, didn’t try to help,” Murray’s mother, Linda Gayle, told the outlet. “If he would’ve called for help, maybe my baby would still be alive.”

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