Orange man gets life sentence in 2013 murder

A 18-year-old from Orange has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 2013 murder.

The sentence was handed down to Rashawn Dewayne Morris late Wednesday afternoon.

On August 26, 2013, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala was found set on fire at the dead end of Adams Street.  An unresponsive man, later identified as Dominique Marquis Janise, 19, of Orange, was found inside.  A policeman was able to pull him out before firefighters arrived to put out the flames. 

Janise was taken to Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital Orange where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Subsequent investigation revealed Janise died of a gunshot wound and police say evidence showed that the shooter was Morris. 

According to 12News file stories, officers were able to get an arrest warrant signed by Orange County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck the next day.  Morris was arrested and taken to jail the same day the warrant was signed.

 


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