Prosecutor: Death penalty a possibility in Floyd County murder

Prosecutor: Death penalty a possibility in Floyd County murder

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – It's a crime that is potentially a capital case in Indiana and Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said the death penalty could be on the table.

James Patrick Duffy, 25, is accused of shooting and killing veteran Lewis Morrison, 68, during an armed robbery Saturday in Floyds Knobs.

The search for Duffy spanned two counties over the weekend.

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The prosecutor said Duffy and Morrison were aware of each other and the two had a mutual acquaintance who rented a portion of the victim's house.

While investigators are glad to have made this arrest, Henderson said this case is far from over.

Duffy silently walked into Judge Terrence Cody's courtroom Monday. He was formally charged with one count of murder and one count of armed robbery.

"It would be my intent to hold Mr. Duffy accountable for this act of violence," Henderson said during a news conference.

This all unfolded Saturday afternoon after Morrison was found shot to death in his Floyds Knobs home on Vale Hill Drive.

"We do not believe necessarily there were other people there at the time, other than the shooter and Mr. Morrison, but that is still being looked at," Henderson said.

While Duffy was currently on house arrest, he was not able to be tracked through his bracelet.

"I have been told that the bracelet possibly had been removed, but that did not play a factor into his apprehension," Henderson said.

On Saturday, multiple agencies were led to Duffy's parents' house on State Road 60 in Clark County.

That's where they found him hiding in the garage. Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel said Duffy took off, even firing shots at officers. He wasn't caught until Sunday morning after a homeowner on Bennettsville Road, not far from the Duffy house, called 911. Investigators said that the homeowner confronted Duffy in his garage, then was able to disarm him and hold him at gunpoint until sheriff's deputies arrived.

Henderson said Duffy was found with a fairly large amount of cash on him. Morrison's white 2015 F-150 pickup truck is still missing, though.

"We are still looking for that and we believe once we find it, that will yield some further clues that we are interested in," Floyd County Sheriff Frank Loop said.

The victim is being remembered as a U.S Air Force veteran, who would do anything for anybody.

"We are all very devastated," friend Sue Hunt said.

The prosecutor will continue to review the case and decide if he will seek the death penalty in the next several weeks.

Anyone with information about the victim's stolen truck is urged to call the Floyd County Sheriff's Department at 812-948-FCSD.

Duffy is being held without bond.

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