From what the Seattle police put together, Bryson Morgan knew 21-year-old Autumn Young just days before he shot her five times in the head as she sat in the passenger seat of his car and dragged her body to the shore of Lake Washington according to King County prosecutors.
Seattle-based Morgan, 23, was charged Thursday with the premeditated murder of Young on Jan. 14, court records show. Morgan was arrested after being examined by a passerby in Seward Park an hour and a half before Young’s body was discovered. He was initially held in lieu of $ 10 million bail, according to prison and court records.
After prosecutors learned that Morgan had been arrested in Texas and California in the past few months and heard a taped call to his family shortly after he was sent to King County Jail, Assistant Attorney General Adrienne McCoy successfully argued that Morgan believed to be involved in “high-level drug trafficking” should be held without bail.
In April 2020, Morgan was arrested in Wilbarger County, Texas for owning more than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, McCoy wrote in the indictments. He was arrested on January 1 in Los Angeles after crashing into a parked car apparently under the influence of narcotics. When police removed him from his vehicle, a loaded pistol and a bag of meth and Xanax bags fell to the ground and were recovered by officers, according to McCoy.
Following Morgan’s arrest in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood early January 14, officers found a 9mm pistol, shell casings and nearly half a kilogram of suspicious meth in the vehicle, which had a significant amount of blood on the passenger door, seat and window say the fees.
Shortly after he was sent to jail, Morgan called his family and asked them to leave bail. He said he had to get out and had “a plan,” wrote McCoy on the charges.
The state, she wrote, believes Morgan has access to significant financial resources, and as of 2012, the estimated value of his parents’ estate was well over $ 10 million.
Court records don’t yet show who is representing Morgan.
The indictment states that Morgan’s relationship with Young remains unclear.
Autumn Young’s uncle, Stephen Young, said his niece was raised in Portland by her mother, his sister, but belongs to a large extended family in Polson, Montana.
“I used to jet ski her and go boating on Flathead Lake,” said Stephen Young, who lives in Polson, on Thursday. “Autumn was amazingly beautiful. She could have modeled. “
Although he hadn’t seen his niece since she was 13, Young had heard that Autumn had recently come to Seattle to visit a friend, but said she planned to return to Portland.
“She was loving and kind and very smart and intuitive, just like her mother,” said Young, 61 years old. “It kills my heart that someone brutally brought you out this way.”
According to the fees:
Just after 4 a.m. on January 14, a resident called 911 and reported that a man passed out behind the wheel of a moving car on East Madison Street and 17th Avenue. The caller knocked on the window of the car but the driver did not respond and the 911 caller reported that there was blood in the car and on the driver’s hands.
When the police arrived in Seattle, they noticed that the white Toyota Corolla had no license plates and saw blood splatters and cartridge cases in the passenger compartment.
The officers pulled the driver out of the vehicle, and after he was startled, the man followed their instructions as per the charges.
The driver, identified as Morgan, was arrested during a DUI investigation and taken to the Swedish medical center to have a blood drawn.
Ninety-three minutes after the first 911 call, a second 911 operator reported finding a body on the shores of Lake Washington near Lake Washington Boulevard South and South Orcas Street in Seward Park.
The police arrived and discovered a naked woman lying on her back on the grass. She was obviously dead with severe head trauma.
Police also discovered traces of mud and droppings leading from an access road to the place where the woman’s body was found. But her feet were clean and her body was free of mud. Investigators believe she removed her clothes and shoes after being pulled from a vehicle. A black sock was found near the access road and a sock that appeared to match its counterpart was found next to the woman’s body.
A bullet fired found beneath the woman’s body was later matched with a obliterated serial number on the 9mm pistol, which was prosecuted from Morgan’s car.
In addition to the weapon, during a search of Morgan’s vehicle, which had at least three shots inside, the police found dirty and bloody women’s clothes and shoes on the passenger floor.
When Morgan was arrested, the charges state that he suspected blood on his hands, pants and jacket, and feces, mud and blood on his shoes.
Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this story.