Two out of three plead guilty to murder near Calwood

A second Callaway County man pleads guilty to his part in a fatal meth transaction.

Joey Morris, 30, of Auxvasse, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder, possession of a controlled substance, and forgery.  He was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison.

Morris and two other men are accused of attempting to purchase methamphetamine with counterfeit money.  When the victim, 29-year-old Nathan Pritchett of Fulton, realized what was happening, he allegedly made a move indicating he was going for a gun.  That’s when one of Morris’ accomplices, Justin Witt, shot Pritchett with a 20-gauge shotgun.

Witt’s next court appearance is in May.  The third man, William Scoggins, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years as well.