AFTER 27 years and 30 homicide cases, Don Morris will retire on Friday from the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office at age 55. Hired by Charlie King, now a circuit judge, Morris served under four prosecutors.
He earned the respect of his colleagues, many who saw him as a mentor.
"If I ever needed a lawyer, I would call Don Morris first. Because of the kind of person he is and the kind of lawyer he is, I know whatever he decides to do next he's going to be great at it," former assistant prosecutor Maryclaire Akers, who now works in the state Attorney General's
Office, told the Daily Mail's Ashley Craig.
Morris explained his approach to prosecution to the Gazette's Kate White.
"After 27 years, I know everybody is not guilty of what they're charged with. So many come across my desk that we don't charge," Morris said. "And I certainly never want to lay down at night thinking I locked up an innocent person."
Morris served the county well.