May 22, 2006

When Will Those Who Want “Justice” and “Healing” in Durham, North Carolina Speak Out About This?

by @ 12:56 pm. Filed under Evangelicals Under Attack, Nuts on Parade, Rest in Peace

While some people in Durham are having vigils and other demonstrations over an alleged rape by members of the Duke lacrosse team, a worse crime gets far less attention.

Man accused in car lot slaying

DURHAM — Durham police investigators have obtained warrants against a Bahama man they allege is responsible for the death of the owner of a Roxboro Road car lot.

The suspect in the case is Robert Randolf Watson, 34, of 9813 Wilkins Road, Bahama. The warrants accuse him of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Police consider him armed and extremely dangerous.

Watson is accused in connection with the death of James P. Morris, a 77-year-old Mebane man who owned Growing Motors, 4416 Roxboro Road. An employee found Morris dead in the car lot’s office the morning of May 12.

Morris was last seen alive at the business at 6:30 p.m. on May 11. Authorities have said he suffered “blunt force trauma.”

Police say Watson is black and about 5 feet 8 inches tall. His criminal record in North Carolina includes a stint in prison on a charge of trafficking in cocaine. N.C. Department of Correction records show he served 5? years of a 14-year sentence, and another year of parole after getting out in October 2000.

Police ask anyone with information about Watson’s whereabouts to call 911 immediately. Durham CrimeStoppers will pay cash for information leading to his arrest. CrimeStoppers can be reached at (919) 683-1200. Callers do not have to identify themselves.

Watson Robert Randolf Watson, 34 years old, suspected of murder and wanted by police.

The man killed was more than just a used car salesman.

Durham police seek suspect in killing of car dealer

In addition to running the business in Durham, Morris hosted a Christian radio show every Sunday in Raleigh for more than 20 years.

Morris James P. Morris, the 77-year old man that was murdered.

More about Mr. Morris’ ministry.

Slain car dealer also dealt in souls

DURHAM – The last time James P. Morris sent God’s praise over the airwaves of the Christian radio station where he hosted a show each Sunday, his words sounded almost like a premonition.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly,” Morris read from the Gospel of John, in a carefully paced drawl.

Every Sunday for more than 20 years, Morris went to the office of WPJL (1240 AM) for his 15-minute program, stopped by a Biscuitville to get a sausage biscuit, then went to First Assembly of God Church where he was a member. Once a month, he took his ministry to the Raleigh jail and preached to inmates.

During the week, Morris focused on his other passion — selling cars. For more than 20 years, Morris ran Growing Motors on North Roxboro Street.

The man’s family, particularly Morris’ daughter, suggested Morris move his business to a safer area. There had been robberies at neighboring businesses, including the 2005 robbery and killing of convenience store clerk Crayton Nelms at the Kangaroo gas station just steps away.

But Morris loved Durham. According to his family, Durham loved him, too.

“For as small as an operation as he had, much of his business relied on repeat customers,” said Morris’ son, Reggie Morris of Nashville, Tenn. He had a solid reputation and the trust of the public, his son said.

“It was very unusual to find a used car salesman who was also a preacher,” Reggie Morris said.

Often, his passions overlapped. Morris would hand out Christian literature at his business. Sometimes, he would pray with customers.

I wonder if Mr. Morris ever ministered to Mr. Watson during one of his visits to minister to prison inmates?

I have much respect for people that minister in prisons. It is something I have not yet done myself, but I feel it is a righteous act. To try and help those imprisoned know that their souls can find hope in Jesus Christ and that their sins can be forgiven.

But I just wonder, with all the calls for “justice” and “healing” in the Duke rape case, that have been made in spite of the shaky evidence. When will these folks that claim to stand for justice say something about the slaying of James P. Morris? I see no record of Mr. Morris withholding ministry of the gospel from Blacks. He even went to the prisons and lets be honest folks, we know plenty of Black folks were there when he went to minister.

A man who could have up and moved his business, kept it in a part of Durham that the most savvy of businessmen would have run away from. His business was helping to keep that area up, instead of bringing it down like the low life thug(s) that killed him. Robert Randolf Watson is innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, but whoever killed Mr. Morris is a no good low life and should be brought to justice. At this point it appears Mr. Watson was the killer. When will the rally be held for Mr. Morris and calling for the apprehension of Mr. Watson?

Mr. Morris, you worked for the Lord while here on earth and I am sure the Lord will reward your good deeds. Regardless of how many people here on earth ignore the effort.

update 7/10/2006 1:34PM:
The primary suspect was found and arrested back in June. La Shawn Barber is now asking questions about this racially slanted style of news coverage.

3 Responses to “When Will Those Who Want “Justice” and “Healing” in Durham, North Carolina Speak Out About This?”

  1. Voice of reason Says:

    Healing will start after Nifong is done convicting the DUke Lacrosse boys for everything and anything thing he can. His whole office is busy trying to cover up his blunder in proclaiming the entire lacrosse team took part in a rape that never occurred.

  2. IndependentConservative Says:

    That’s what really ticks me off about some of these DA’s that seem to find themselves in the news. Often they are playing on cases for nothing but politics, while the really bad crime does not appear to get much of their attention.

    And it’s really born from the fact that they can find a majority of voters in their areas to fall for it.

  3. La Shawn Barber's Corner Says:

    Media and Dog-Bites-Man Crimes

    ***Scroll down for updates!***
    Close your eyes and imagine reading a news story about two white men breaking into a black man’s house in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., slashing his throat and killing him, and attempting to rape his gi…

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