Jewelry store murder suspect extradited back to Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Edward Morsby, III arrived in Alabama around 10:30 Thursday morning, complete with a police escort and clad in a jail jumpsuit, a bullet proof vest and a chain around his waist.

Since July 3rd, he'd been in the custody of Virginia police. Officers with the Fairfield Police Department claim he fled to Virginia after killing Lee Duong on July 2nd. Duong owned the Jewelry For Less store in Fairfield. During his brief appearance before Jefferson County District Judge Eric Fancher, Morsby listened quietly as he was officially charged with capital murder.  A complaint Fancher read alleged the following: on July second, Morsby and another man, Perry Cauthen, Jr. went to the jewelry store and browsed until a lone customer left. At that point, Morsby went to the back where Duong was fixing jewelry and fatally shot him in the head. Investigators say Morsby then held Duong's wife at gunpoint while Cauthen broke cases and grabbed jewelry. Officers say the two men then fled. The act was caught on tape.  Police say that tape will play a huge role in their case and warrant their claim that the death penalty should be sought. It was July third when police caught Morsby on a Virginia interstate. Police say he was headed to a family reunion in Baltimore. They say along the way, he purchased a shirt that read, "I'm the one that got away." He was reportedly wearing it when he was apprehended. When the four-man team of Fairfield officers went to extradite Morsby back to Alabama, they had a response for his shirt, one they themselves created. The shirt read, "We went and got the one who thought he got away."

Morsby was appointed two attorneys for his defense, Horace Kinard and Ralph "Buddy" Armstrong. A preliminary hearing has been set for Morsby on August 6th at 9:00 a.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Bessemer.