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Convicted Sex Offender Charged With The Murder Of Professional Poker Player Susie Zhao

According To Police, The Two Met At A Motel The Night Before Zhao's Body Was Found


A convicted sex offender is being charged with the murder of professional poker player Susie Zhao.

According to the Detroit News, 60-year-old Jeffrey Morris was formally charged with first-degree, premeditated murder in Zhao’s death. Morris is currently hospitalized with a non-life-threatening ailment and is expected to be lodged in an Oakland County Jail upon his discharge.

Zhao’s body was found badly burned in a parking lot near an outdoor recreation area in Michigan in mid-July. Authorities confirmed it was her body about 10 days later.

Zhao had recently moved back to Michigan to be closer to family and was previously bouncing back and forth between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, playing in high-stakes cash games.

Morris is described by police as a homeless transient with a “lengthy criminal history,” which includes a rape conviction in 1989.

According to police, Morris met Zhao the night before her body was found. After investigators reviewed cell phone records, the two are believed to have met at a motel the night before Zhao’s body was found. Zhao stayed at the motel several times and her relationship with Morris is still being investigated by police.

Hill was arrested last Friday before being formally charged with the crime a couple day ago. Clarkston District Judge Kelley Kostin denied Morris’ bond based on the severity of the charges. Investigators have said that there is no link between Zhao’s murder and her gambling history.

Tags: Michigan,   Susie Zhao