The defendant and victim were both married to women but were engaged in a secret relationship
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 37-year-old WILLIAM MORGAN.
In 2016, William Morgan and 43-year-old Brian Campbell were intimately involved in a secret relationship. The two men met a year earlier at a club in Atlanta, and they eventually moved in together. Morgan and Campbell were both married to women, but Morgan and his wife were separated. Campbell’s family lived in Delaware, but his job required him to live in Atlanta. In October 2016, Morgan was addicted to methamphetamines and was financially reliant on Campbell. Morgan stole Campbell’s Land Rover vehicle, guns, and watches during the Labor Day holiday a month earlier.
Morgan’s drug addiction, his reliance on Campbell, and the overall complications caused by the fact that both men were married and engaged in a secret romance led Campbell to consider ending the relationship with Morgan. Morgan understood Campbell’s intentions, and on October 1, 2016, after Morgan and Campbell had attended a sports car race in Braselton with two friends, Morgan shot Campbell in the head twice inside their shared apartment on Peachtree Street NE in Atlanta.
Morgan stole two of Campbell’s high-end watches, an iPhone, a handgun, an iPad, and his wallet which contained various credit cards. Morgan lowered the temperature in the apartment to 45 degrees, wrapped Campbell’s body in trash bags, and hid it in the closet. Before Morgan left the apartment, he lit a scented candle and placed it near the closet where the body was stowed.
When Campbell stopped responding to his wife’s communications she called the Atlanta Police Department and filed a missing person’s report. Campbell’s vehicle was found abandoned in Jacksonville, Alabama on October 5, 2016, four days after the murder. On October 18, 2016, a fugitive unit located Morgan inside a residence in Jacksonville, Alabama. Morgan engaged in a standoff with law enforcement, but he eventually surrendered. Morgan admitted to living with Campbell and stealing his property but denied committing the murder. Morgan attempted to sell Campbell’s watches to a pawn shop in Alabama, but after they denied his attempts he sold the items to private citizens.
Morgan was previously convicted in Alabama in 2002, 2003, and 2012, for Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Resisting an Officer, Escape, Passing Counterfeit Obligations and Securities, Burglary, and Domestic Violence Assault.
MORGAN was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, THEFT BY TAKING, FINANCIAL TRANSACTION CARD THEFT, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.
Morgan was sentenced to
LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.
Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Mitchell led the prosecution of the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Ryan Piechocinski, Investigator Rasheed Hamilton, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Millicent Taylor of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective D. Jones of the Atlanta Police Department was the lead investigator in the case.