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Driver charged in shooting

Told police he found victim

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was charged Friday with murder in the Nov. 12 death of Jessica Elizabeth Bruch, 23.

Ricky L. Morgan, 28, of the 600 block of Woodland Springs Place, shot Bruch in the head in the SUV he was driving and then drove her to St. Joseph Hospital, according to court documents.

At the hospital, where police were called around 9:35 p.m., Morgan told police he heard a loud gunshot in the rear yard on Walnut Street and found Bruch in the grass by a trash can next to an alley.

But investigators found no signs of a shooting in the backyard.

Morgan told police he hoisted Bruch into the SUV with difficulty and claimed he then consulted two people on what he should do.

The first witness, Morgan said, told him over the phone to call 911. The second witness opened the door to Morgan and later told police Morgan was pacing and acting like he was in shock, and had a shocked look on his face.

The next day, police interviewed Morgan again. Police said he was wearing the same clothes from the night before and they asked to search the clothing.

When Morgan was told by police there was good evidence that Bruch had been shot in the SUV, Morgan put his head down and his hands started to shake, court documents said.

He then denied stopping by to talk to the second witness, denied that he had a gun and refused to take a voice stress test. Instead, Morgan told the officer that he needed to catch the person who killed Bruch.

“I told him that I was looking at the killer,” the officer replied.

In June, the Indiana State Police blood spatter expert said the blood spatter pattern in the SUV lined up with the known bullet trajectory of Bruch's head wound, a story that contradicted Morgan's version of events.

Morgan is at the Allen County Jail, charged with murder and a charge enhancement of a firearm used in the commission of the offense where death results.

He is being held without bond.

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