UPDATE (4/2 3:07 p.m.): According to the Mobile Police Department, Morgan Barnhill called police on Tuesday, March 29 to report a burglary at his home. He told officers that an unknown man tried to enter his shed, so he struck the man over the head with a shovel.
Through the course of the investigation, it was revealed that Barnhill lied about the attempted burglary to officers.
As a result of being hit with the shovel, Etienne Murray, 25, died on Friday, April 1. Barnhill did know Murray but it is unclear what events led up to Murray being hit.
Officials say this is an active investigation and no other details can be released at this time.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — According to jail records, a man from west Mobile was arrested and charged with murder early Saturday morning. 27-year-old Morgan Barnhill was arrested and booked into Mobile Metro Jail just after midnight this morning.
The most serious crime in his booking log is murder. The records indicate he was also arrested for charges from a 2019 warrant that include failure to register a vehicle, no seat belt, and no insurance. Jail records indicate this is the only time he’s been booked into jail in Mobile County.
We don’t have information on the circumstances of the murder Barnhill is accused of. We’ve reached out to Mobile Police for more information and are waiting to hear back.