The following is a news release from the Grayson County DA:
On Tuesday, March 27, 2006, Eric Demond Morrison, 41, of Denison, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of Amelia Lyons, 36. Morrison pled guilty to the charge in the 59th District Court in front of Judge Rim Nall. His guilty plea was entered pursuant to a plea agreement with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.
On July 7, 2004, Denison Police Officer K.R. Newton was dispatched to 229-A Monterrey in Denison after a 911 hang-up call was received. Upon arrival at the residence, the officer knocked on the door. A man cracked the door slightly, and then closed and locked the door. The officer continued to knock on the door and call for the resident to come out. After hearing voices in the apartment and the sound of a woman’s cries, the officer attempted to force his way into the apartment, but was unable to gain entry until additional officers arrived. Upon forcing open the door, officers found Ms. Lyons deceased on the floor. Officers found Morrison in a back bedroom with a kitchen knife stuck in his abdomen. His was treated at Texoma Medical Center. Morrison refused to speak to police. An autopsy revealed Lyons died of blunt force trauma and multiple stab wounds. Morrison and Lyons had been living together for several weeks in the apartments.
“This was a tragic case of the worst kind of domestic violence,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. “It is appropriate that Mr. Morrison spends the rest of his life in prison for what he did to this lady, and I believe that will happen.” Morrison will not be eligible for parole until he is 66, and with the facts of this case, I think parole at that time will be unlikely.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Bobbie Peterson, who serves as a part time prosecutor under the District Attorney’s new initiative to expedite the disposition of cases in which criminal defendants are in jail. “This case was moved more quickly than we could have without the new prosecutors,” said Brown. “So we are already seeing some success.”
Morrison was represented by Sherman Attorney Robert E. Richardson, Jr.