Man Guilty Of Killing, Then Leaving Daughter, 2, In Shark River Park In Wall

Video: APP
Video: APP

A jury found Arthur Morgan guilty Thursday of the 2010 murder of his 2-year-old daughter, Tierra Morgan-Glover, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The jury of five men and seven women rendered its verdict to Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci, Jr., J.S.C., shortly before noon Thursday finding Morgan guilty of first degree Murder, second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and third degree Inference with Custody.

“First Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux and Assistant Prosecutor Jordan L. Williams are to be commended for presenting a solid case to the jury and providing justice for the senseless death of an innocent child,” Gramiccioni said. “Little Tierra can now rest in peace.”

Morgan, 29, with a last known address in Eatontown, is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Mellaci at 10 a.m. on May 26, 2014. Morgan faces a sentence of life imprisonment, but because the jury agreed with the Monmouth County grand jury that found an aggravating factor to exist – that the victim was less than 14 years old at the time she was killed –Morgan will now face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge comes with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and the third degree Interference with Custody carries a maximum of 5 years in prison.

Morgan was found guilty of murdering his 2-year-old daughter on evidence presented at trial as part of a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, after the young girl’s fully-clothed body was discovered by a group of teenagers, strapped into a car seat weighted down by a carjack, submerged in the stream below an overpass located on Schoolhouse Road in the Shark River Park section of Wall on Nov. 22, 2011.

“I want to thank the men and women of our Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Lakehurst Police Department, Wall Township Police Department, Ocean Township (Monmouth County) Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and all the agencies who lent a hand in bringing this case together – they are all responsible for delivering this verdict,” Gramiccioni added.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Marc LeMieux and Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Jordan L. Williams. Morgan is represented by Jeffrey Coghlan, Esq. and Ryan Moriarty, Esq., both of Freehold.

Vinnie Vincent April 04, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Its hard to type this but for once i am in complete agreement w/ WMS....reinstate the death penalty.
Av April 04, 2014 at 09:09 PM
The death penalty is painless, what good is that?
WMS826 April 04, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Vinnie.....I am helping you people see the light slowly day by day. Walk towards sanity and away from the liberal prison you are living in.
Vinnie Vincent April 05, 2014 at 11:50 AM
@WMS LMAO!!!! You think im a LIBERAL?!?! Hahahaha! Wow! Um NO! I am not even close to a liberal on my worst day (except maybe on 1 or 2 issues possibly).
Dame Bridgid April 08, 2014 at 05:29 AM
@ Av. I agree that anyone with normal emotions is totally outraged by his utter callousness. However; most guards are decent law abiding people who do their difficult jobs without becoming like the scum they guard; regardless of how they feel. They have my pity. Barbara; We are responsible for our evil acts. To receive redemption; this piece of utter filth would have to undergo a complete conversion of heart, & utterly detest the betrayal he committed against his helpless baby girl. We ARE offered forgiveness... But first we must admit & atone for our crimes. In his state of unrepentant arrogance he condemns himself to a much more dire fate than just life in jail. His innocent daughter will be among those who testify against him at final judgement. He brutalized & killed her without any mercy, so... Just how do you think he will be judged by the heavenly Father, whose precious gift he abused, hmmmm.


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