Man in McKenna shooting released A McKenna man arrested in the death of a 20-year-old man who was shot after loading up some pipe was released from jail Friday to allow prosecutors time to complete their investigation.
No charges were filed against William D. Morgan, 69, in connection with the fatal shooting Wednesday of 20-year-old Joseph Tobeck of Tenino.
After Morgan’s short appearance Friday in Pierce County Superior Court, Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said authorities need more time before deciding whether to bring charges.
“We need to see all the police reports,” he said. “We need to see the ballistics and make a very measured decision based on all the information, and we just don’t have enough information right now.”
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Releasing Morgan gives prosecutors 30 days to complete their investigation. Had he remained in jail, they would have had 72 hours. Morgan is to appear in court again July 9.
He also is to have no contact with Tobeck’s family or that of Robert Justus, 20. Justus was with Tobeck when he was shot.
Tobeck was shot after he and Justus loaded up scrap metal near Morgan’s house in the 8900 block of South 358th Street next to the Nisqually River.
Morgan confronted them, then fired at the pair as they drove off, investigators said.
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