May 16, 2021

Man who attacked Heard County teacher in 2002 gets life for gruesome 2016 murder

(Atlanta, GA) —  An Atlanta man was sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this week for the gruesome murder of his “secret” boyfriend.

According to Fulton County prosecutors, 37-year-old William Bradley Morgan shot Brian Campbell twice in the head in October of 2016, then wrapped his body in two garbage bags before stuffing the corpse in a bathroom closet.

William Bradley Morgan

He then lowered the thermostat and lit a scented candle to help conceal the crime.

Morgan was convicted Monday on seven charges including 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.

William Morgan is the same man who escaped from an inmate work detail in 2002 and attacked popular long-time Heard County coach and teacher Kathy Scott.

Scott is currently the director of the Heard County Recreation Department.

Morgan, 19-years-old at the time he attacked Scott in 2002, tied her up and attempted to steal her car in what is believed to be one of his first violent attacks.

The Alabama native had been also been previously convicted in Alabama in 2002, 2003, and 2012 on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a forged instrument, resisting an officer, escape, passing counterfeit obligations and securities, burglary, and domestic violence assault.

District Attorney Paul Howard called it “a horrifying case on so many levels,” according to a statement provided to Project Q Atlanta.

“The defendant murdered the victim in cold blood because he was worried about losing his source of financial stability,” he said. “The defendant attempted to hide the body and flee. And even after he was convicted, the defendant showed no remorse for murdering a man who he once cared for, a man who has a family and young children.”

Police say Morgan shot Campbell, 43, twice in the head in October 2016, then wrapped his body in trash bags and stuffed him in a closet. Morgan lowered the thermostat and lit a scented candle to help conceal the crime, according to a press release from Howard.

Morgan, who at the time of the killing was a dancer at Swinging Richards, was arrested in Calhoun County, Ala., several weeks after the incident and extradited to Atlanta that December. More details of the crime emerged during a preliminary hearing in January 2017.

Both Morgan and Campbell were married to women, but the two had been in a romantic relationship for more than a year. They moved into a 27th floor condo in Midtown together, according to police. Campbell’s wife and children lived in Delaware, while Morgan’s estranged wife lived in Alabama.

Morgan was addicted to methamphetamines and was financially reliant on Campbell, according to the press release. Morgan stole Campbell’s Land Rover Discovery, guns and watches a month before the murder.

To read more details about the murder case and conviction, visit Project Q Atlanta.

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