Man accused of killing, burying fiancee’ in backyard appears before Harris County judge

Man accused of killing, burying fiancee’ in backyard appears before Harris County judge

Man accused of killing, burying fiancee’ in backyard appears before Harris County judge

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

HOUSTON—Colt Morgan, the man accused of killing his fiancée, then burying her burned body in the backyard of their Cypress home, faced a Harris County judge Thursday morning.

The man who eluded authorities for weeks was not able to post bond.

“I think my client’s family wouldn’t be able to make a bond regardless of the amount. We talked about it. We’ll leave it at 250 ($250,000) for right now,” his attorney Anthony Osso said.

Prosecutors demanded a high bond amount for the man they say killed Wende Marshall, burned her body in a fireplace, then buried her before fleeing town, sending authorities on a manhunt.

Dashcam video shows Morgan fighting off a deputy who unknowingly crossed paths with him in Leon County. But on Tuesday, Morgan could not shake off authorities who tracked him down in Buffalo, Texas.

“You can see when they brought him out, he’s very sullen and obviously he’s got a large undertaking in front of him,” Osso said.

Exactly how long the case will last is still unknown.

“It’s too early to tell. I have no way of knowing whether he will plead guilty or not,” said Shannon Davis, the assistant district attorney.

Marshall’s parents said they were hoping a plea deal could spare them the agony of sitting in a courtroom and reliving their pain, and hearing the awful detail of their daughter’s death.

“We have a lot to do. I’ll hire an investigator. We’ll work up our case and make a determination what the best avenue would be for my client. But obviously, I’m not leaving that option out,” Osso said.

“I still have to go through all the reports, all the physical evidence, video evidence; those kinds of things. And once I’ve done that then I can evaluate the case,” Davis said.

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