Inmate accused of staging hit on rape victim - FOX 13 News

Inmate accused of staging hit on rape victim

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Already in jail facing a laundry list of disturbing sex charges, 27 year old Demetrieus Morris can add solicitation to commit first degree murder to that list.

"It is really sad, the guy needs help," said neighbor Joel Edwards.

Deputies say from his cell he tried ordering a hit on the 70 year old woman police say he raped back in October inside a church.  He also wanted to kill her daughter as well, hoping that would eliminate any testimony against him.  Joel Edwards lives next door to that church and knows the victim well.

"That was really sad because of her being 70 years old you know," he said.
"She don't deserve that no one deserves that," Edwards added.

DNA linked Morris to the sex assault months ago, now its a number of letters to a fellow inmate deputies say that link him to the murder for hire plot.  He was allegedly going to pay for it with social security money he was supposed to receive.

"What he wanted to do was to make sure the hit took place before may the 8th when they were scheduled to go to court," said Debbie Carter, spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday morning he was in court, to learn his bond for the new charge.  It is $1 million.  Before he was dismissed the judge had some harsh words for Morris.

"You won't be getting out of jail anytime soon and if you write any further letters trying to get someone to commit a hit on the people who's witnesses against you I don't know where I can place you locking you and you won't get mail or phone calls you're excused," said Judge Walter Heinrich.

"You won't be getting out of jail anytime soon, and if you write any further letters trying to get someone to put a hit on the people that are witnesses against you -- I don't know where I can place you any more than locking you up so that you won't even get mail or phone calls," he said.

The 27 year old has been in jail since October. Morris is accused of sexually assaulting a 70-year-old woman at a church in Tampa.

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