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Stan Florence

Jessica Brown
Public Information Director


01/20/13                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


OSBI Helps Investigate Hughes County Homicide

Hughes County Sheriff Kenny Snyder requested OSBI assistance this morning with a homicide investigation in the Hickory Hills area near Calvin. An emergency call was made to the sheriff’s office just after 6 o’clock this morning reporting a shooting had occurred at 4620 Shady Lane. Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and found 21-year-old Michael Eric Morris inside the house dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Deputies arrested Joe Henry Harden (d.o.b. 6-18-1990) at the scene for the shooting. The victim, suspect, and several others were at the home for a social gathering.

OSBI is working the homicide along with the sheriff’s department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. OSBI agents are specifically processing the crime scene and interviewing those in the area at the time of the shooting and any others who may have information helpful in the investigation.

Harden was booked into the Hughes County jail on a complaint of first degree murder. His mugshot will be released as soon as it is available.