Oklahoma

Man beats ex-girlfriend’s daughter and grandson to death with baseball bat

October 1, 1993
Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Julius Ricardo Young kills his ex-girlfriend’s daughter and grandson

Joyslon Edwards had ended her relationship with Young and asked for her apartment key back two days before the murders. On October 1, Young broke into the apartment of Joyland Morgan, Joyslon’s 20-year-old daughter. Morgan was struck with a baseball bat at least 13 times on her face and neck, and sustained defensive wounds. Morgan’s son, 6-year-old Kewan Morgan, was killed while he slept, struck twice in the head by the same bat which killed his mother.

Attention turned towards Young when it was noted the murderer was able to unlock both locks on Morgan’s door before the security chain was broken. Edwards testified she saw a missing piece of the door’s security chain in Young’s pocket the day after the murders, and noticed a baseball bat Young kept in his car trunk was missing. Police investigating Young also noticed a drop of fresh blood on his shoes. Though Young initially claimed the blood was from a fish, the blood was later analyzed and found to be human in origin, and was consistent with that of Morgan and Kewan.

Young was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death, proclaiming his innocence until his execution on January 14, 2010.

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