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Cause of death for Crooked River Ranch murderer Mitchell Morris, 25, yet to be determined

JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF PHOTO - Mitchell J. Morris

The man convicted in a Crooked River Ranch double murder has died in prison. Mitchell Julio Morris, 25, was serving two consecutive life sentences without opportunity for parole at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. The Medical Examiner has not determined the cause of death.

Feb. 26, 2016, Morris apparently shot and killed his two friends and roommates, Bailee Southwick, 18, and McKenzie Lyman, 21.

Deputies responding to a report of "four large bangs" on Southwest Sand Ridge Road. They discovered the two bodies. Both had died of multiple gunshot wounds.

At the time of Morris' sentencing, Jefferson County District Attorney Steven Leriche said Morris confessed to the murders but didn't say why he killed them.

Leriche said the victims were good friends with Morris. All three worked at Bright Wood's Redmond operation.

According to Leriche, Morris did an internet search on death and dying just hours prior to the shooting.


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