Murder victim’s truck found

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 5, 2004

The Selma Police are working with Georgia law enforcement officials and the FBI to capture a suspect wanted for the murder of Morris Hatcher, according to SPD Chief Robert Green.

Hatcher, a 37-year-old Selma resident, was found shot to death at a Jeff Davis Avenue car wash early Saturday morning.

“Police discovered the male victim had sustained an apparent gun shot wound to the head,” Green said.

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It appeared the victim had been vacuuming his vehicle, a 2001 red Chevy Tahoe valued at $15,000, at the time he was killed. Floor mats from the vehicle and other personal items were found next to Hatcher’s body.

Green said law enforcement officials later found the vehicle in Jonesboro, Ga.

“Both (The Selma police and Georgia) agencies have already gathered a significant amount of evidence, both physical and testimonial,” Green said “A suspect has been developed based upon the evidence gathered, however, the investigation is still ongoing.”

Though evidence is still being processed and reviewed, Green said police have every confidence an arrest will soon result from the investigation.

According to police reports, Hatcher was self-employed and ran a lawn care business.

Due to the fact that a suspect is not yet in custody and the investigation remains ongoing, Green said, no further information would be released until a suspect is arrested.

Hatcher’s death marks the 10 murder to occur in Dallas County this year.