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Neighbor accused in the Breeann Rodriguez trial begins today

Nov 18, 2013 -- 6:00am

The neighbor accused of killing 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez is scheduled to start his jury trial today. 44-year-old Shawn Morgan of Senath is charged with 1st-degree murder, child porn possession, and child kidnapping.  The jury trial was to begin last year, but the public defender requested a new judge, and Judge Stephen Sharp has been assigned to begin the trial November 18th.   Defense for Morgan filed three motions in October: a motion to suppress DNA evidence, a second motion to reconsider or amend an order for Morgan to take a psychological evaluation, and a motion to preclude any mention or implicit reference to the accused’s taking on refusal to take a polygraph test. Morgan allegedly suffocated Rodriguez with a trash bag after finding her near his pool August 6th, 2011.  Police recovered her remains and her bike in a floodway 10 days later.  Morgan is in Dunklin County Jail without bond.  The jury selection will come from Phelps County.

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