A former local man who was arrested earlier this year in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son in North Carolina has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge, while the child’s mother has been indicted as well.
A grand jury in Brunswick County, North Carolina, filed indictments against former South Glens Falls resident Albert D. “Dave” Morgan III, 35, and Angel M. Ray, 33, the mother of the toddler he is accused of killing. The charges pertain to the Jan. 17 death of Brayden Ray in Leland, North Carolina.
Police in North Carolina arrested the two on Jan. 15, the day Brayden was hospitalized with a serious head injury.
Morgan is accused of assaulting the child and faces a charge of intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, in addition to the murder count. He is accused of assaulting the boy while babysitting him for his mother.
Angel Ray, a former correction officer at Washington County Jail, faces a felony accessory to child abuse count for allegedly lying to police as they investigated her son’s injuries. She is accused of giving police a false story about how Brayden was hurt, although her family has said she was simply relaying the story Morgan gave her.
The couple had moved to North Carolina weeks before Brayden died.
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An indictment means a grand jury reviewed evidence in the case and determined there was sufficient evidence to bring charges in a superior court.
The two face arraignment in coming weeks in Brunswick County, North Carolina, District Court, but no date had been set for that proceeding as of Monday afternoon, according to the district court clerk’s office.
First-degree murder is punishable by the death penalty or life in prison without parole, but it was unclear whether prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty. An inquiry to the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office was not returned Monday.
North Carolina lawyers for the two did not return phone calls Monday, either.
Morgan is a five-time felon who was paroled from New York state prison in September after an incident in which he choked a woman, and received permission to transfer his parole to North Carolina.
Both are being held in Brunswick County Jail pending further court action.