Stripper sentenced to life in prison for murdering his boyfriend with two gunshots to the head
A stripper from Atlanta, Georgia, has been sentenced to life in prison for murder after he shot his boyfriend in the head when he feared the relationship was ending.
William Morgan, 37, was sentenced on Monday, January 13, to life without parole by Fulton Superior Court judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua.
Morgan was a dancer at gay strip club Swinging Richards in Atlanta, and according to a media release from the office of the Fulton County District Attorney, in 2016 he met Brian Campbell, 43, at a club.
They moved in together, but kept the relationship a secret as both men were still married to women. Morgan was separated from his wife, but Campbell’s wife lived in Delaware with their two children as he was living separately for work.
By October 2016, Morgan was addicted to methamphetamines and was financially reliant on his boyfriend.
According to the District Attorney: “Morgan’s drug addiction, his reliance on Campbell, and the overall complications caused by the fact that both men were married and engaged in a secret romance led Campbell to consider ending the relationship with Morgan.”
Realising that Campbell intended to break up with him, on October 1 Morgan shot him twice in the head in their apartment.
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He then lowered the temperature of the apartment as much as possible, and hid Campbell’s body in a wardrobe, wrapped in bin bags, before lighting a scented candle near the wardrobe. He fled with “two of Campbell’s high-end watches, an iPhone, a handgun, an iPad, and his wallet which contained various credit cards”.
Authorities found the body two days later, and Morgan was apprehended after two weeks.
He was convicted of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft by taking, financial transaction card theft, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
District Attorney Paul Howard told Project Q Atlanta that the case was “horrifying on so many levels”.
He continued: “The defendant murdered the victim in cold blood because he was worried about losing his source of financial stability.
“The defendant attempted to hide the body and flee. And even after he was convicted, the defendant showed no remorse for murdering a man who he once cared for, a man who has a family and young children.”