Trial Continues For Mayes County Man Accused New Year's Day Shooting


Thursday, September 20th 2018, 7:06 pm
By: News On 6


The trial of a man accused of shooting a teenager continues in Mayes County. Derek Morgan is charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and he could face life in prison if convicted.

Morgan is on trial on for the New Year's Day shooting of a 14-year-old boy in 2016.

The arrest affidavit states Morgan shot Cole Peyton when Peyton and three of his friends were playing a "neighborhood prank" early that morning, leaving Peyton critically injured.

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The jury heard a taped conversation with police where Morgan said he had his 11-month-old daughter inside the house and he thought the boys were trying to break in. He said he "assumed they were all immediate threats."

There was some argument Thursday in court between attorneys and witnesses about whether Peyton was shot in the back while running away or if he was shot in the abdomen.

Morgan's attorney said medical records show the bullet entered Peyton's body from the front, while an expert for the prosecution said the opposite.

The trial will resume Monday when witnesses for Morgan’s case are available.