The suspect accused of murdering poker player Susie Zhao has received a new trial date following last week’s pre-trial hearing. Jeffery Bernard Morris, 61, will answer for the alleged killing of Zhao in Michigan’s Oakland County Circuit Court on September 26, 2022.
Zhao’s badly burned remains were discovered in a state recreational park in July 2020 and Morris’ was charged with first-degree murder two months later. A trial was set to start during 2021 but for a multitude of reasons has been put back several times.
The pandemic and a switch of defence counsel held up matters considerably but then an inexplicable clerical error in January 2022 led to a further delay.
Also, Morris’ new defence attorney Michael McCarthy replaced Pamela Johnson in December 2021 and is now trying to raise “investigative issues” that haven’t been mentioned before.
Who Is Susie Zhao?
Susie Zhao immigrated to the United States from China in early childhood, settling in the state of Michigan.
After picking up poker in the pre-Black Friday era, Zhao became a regular in the cash games around Los Angeles, even appearing several times on the YouTube show “Live at the Bike”, streamed from the Bicycle Casino.
$222,671 in live tournament earnings was crowned by a deep run in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, ending up in 90th place for a nice $73,805 payout.
After living in Los Angeles for many years, Zhao had moved back to Michigan only months before her untimely death, dividing her time between her parents’ home and the Sherwood Motel in Waterford where she and Morris were known to have spent time together.
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