Jeffrey Morris (Susie Zhao Charged) Biography, Jeffrey Morris Wiki
According to The Detroit News, White Lake police said Wednesday that they still don’t know why Jeffery Morris, 60, killed Zhao, 33. Zhao’s charred remains were discovered July 13 in a parking area located near the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area.
Police previously said they believe Zhao was killed at the park sometime after 11:45 p.m. on July 12. Cell phone records suggest Zhao met Morris at a Waterford Township motel the same evening, according to the news outlet.
On Tuesday, a Michigan man with a lengthy criminal history was formally charged with last month’s murder of professional poker player Susie Zhao.
Zhao has been reported to have stayed at the motel several times before being killed. The law enforcement described Morris as a temporary with the last known address in Pontiac.
Government records showed that Morris is a Tier 3 sex offender with a 1989 sentence for third degree criminal sexual behavior – coercion or repression. A couple living in Pontiac said they had taken Morris at some point, but it was too violent, according to WDIV, as they had to drive him out of their home.
Zhao was known as Susie Q in the professional poker circuit. She reportedly lived in Los Angeles and moved with her family in Michigan on June 9. Friends are Zhao jumping between cities including Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and more recently, Michigan, getting closer to family and dealing with some of the problems in his personal life.
One reason remains uncertain. Authorities previously said they were not sure whether Zhao’s murder was related to gambling in other states or to someone he had met recently.
Morris has been charged with Zhao’s murder in a hospital bed. White Lake Township police Lieutenant Christopher Hild did not explain why Morris was hospitalized, but said the suspect’s medical problem was not life threatening.
Morris will go to jail without bonds after he is discharged from the hospital. His next hearing will be held on August 18.