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Man arrested in Morris murder

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By Chris Sardelli

A team of local investigators tracked down and arrested a man this week for the recent murder of a Lancaster man in his home. 

Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

The charges stem from the murder of 53-year-old Donald E. Morris, who was found dead in his South York Street home on the evening of June 18, the release said. 

Morris was found by officers who went to his home after receiving a tip that he might be the “potential target of a crime,” according to a press release last week.

The officers found Morris dead and noticed the home appeared ransacked, with items knocked over on the floor. A media report issued last week did not specifically note how Morris died, though it said his body displayed “visible injury” and listed the weapon as a “firearm.”

The discovery came five days after a June 13 home invasion in which three men pistol-whipped Morris and stole $8,500 in cash and a TV from him, according to police reports. 

Robinson’s arrest came after an extensive investigation by the police department, as well as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Law Enforcement Division. 

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said the police department would not release any more information about the case Friday afternoon. 

Please understand that this case is still developing and that there will be more arrests and information forthcoming,” Grant said. “It is the intent of this department to have a press conference sometime during the first few days of next week, at which time more details will be made available. I will let everyone know as soon as those details are finalized.”

In the release, he also relayed a request from Morris’ family not to be contacted about the case. 

Robinson has six pending charges in the 6th Judicial Circuit, which covers Lancaster County, according to the S.C. Judicial Department public record website. Those charges include an assault and battery with intent to kill in January 2009 and several from a Dec. 14, 2011, arrest, including larceny/purse snatching, two counts of hit and run, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest, per judicial records. 

 

 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416