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Raymond Morua pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple felony charges

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Raymond Morua pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple felony charges


Morua Pleads Not Guilty to Murder, DUI Charges

But Defense Attorney Says Plea Deal Is Imminent


Friday, March 28, 2014
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Raymond Morua pleaded not guilty Friday morning to second degree murder, DUI vehicular manslaughter, and hit-and-run charges and will appear back in court April 15 for another procedural hearing.

According to defense attorney Darryl Genis, however, both he and prosecutors are close to striking a plea deal because Morua “wants to take responsibility” for fatally hitting 27-year-old pedestrian Mallory Dies on December 6 then fleeing the scene.

Genis told Judge Thomas Adams that Morua doesn’t want to “renege” on his promise to accept responsibility, but that additional details of the plea deal need to be finalized before the two sides can agree on it.

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if you didn't do it who did, rayray? we're all ears....

StockiestCastle (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 11:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I blame the war on drugs (sarcastic tone).

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 11:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Has anyone found out who's paying Genis?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hard as it may be for all of understandably grieving for the loss of life that Raymond's irresponsible actions caused, those of us who know Raymond recall a person who offered much back to the community, a person who cared about others, contributed, and actually was a charming person. All this has been obliterated by his drunk-driving, death-causing accident. Raymond's tour of duty in Afghanistan created some demons he couldn't conquer. This is in no way intended to excuse his behavior which resulted in a tragic death. But it might help to understand it.
I know it will be an unpopular thing to say, but Raymond is a secondary victim here- a person shipped off to an unnecessary war, who saw and had to do terrible things, who was haunted and harmed by his experience serving our country, who failed to successfully deal with the problems he came home with, and who caused the death of an innocent human being.

While Raymond qualifies as a criminal, he may also deserve a small measure of compassion. And I am sure he will spend every day of his life regretting his action (as he should.)

wallymoon (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gee, Daarryyll----one would think that if he really wanted to take "responsibility" for his murderous actions, he'd plead guilty as charged and accept the full force of law. One tool helping another tool.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 12:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hope this drunk gets the max.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

and what about all the bartenders and bar owners who serve the folks who are too drunk to drive? can we start also to prosecute them?

wallymoon (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 10:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People tend to show compassion and/or support the persons they know, and everyone else be damned.

Human nature: it needs work.

ahem (anonymous profile)
March 28, 2014 at 10:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A not-guilty plea as negotiations go on doesn't strike me as unusual. It's Mr. Genis's job to get the best deal he can for his client. His pious pronouncements that his client "wants to take responsibility" for his actions is just smoke at this point, so I wouldn't take it seriously. I guess the end result will show whether or not Mr. Morua will actually take responsibility for his actions.

And so it goes...and the victim's family's pain will never go away.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@ahem
The reason I find that question relevant is because of Genis' prior attempt to shift the blame to Morua's previous employer.

Indeed human nature isn't perfect, but you can never have too much love or compassion.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 12:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken V,

I'm not criticizing your observation; just saying that some are bound to be more interested in Morua and others Mallory's family. I'm not judging it, just saying it.

ahem (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 5:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No worries ahem, I just thought I should clarify why I find that question especially interesting in this tragic case.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 30, 2014 at 8:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Raymond Morua pleaded not guilty Friday morning to second degree murder, DUI vehicular manslaughter, and hit-and-run charges",
and
"Defense attorney Darryl Genis, however, both he and prosecutors are close to striking a plea deal because Morua “wants to take responsibility” for fatally hitting 27-year-old pedestrian Mallory Dies on December 6 then fleeing the scene"
Am I the only one who sees a contradiction here?

dou4now (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 4:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A not guilty declaration at this point is not saying he's innocent and didn't commit the crimes, it's simply because the defense does not 100% agree with the charges as they sit. If he truely wants to take responsibilty, sitting in a jail cell for the rest of his life is less constructive than doing something like outreach against DUI etc. at some point down the road.

SB2SB (anonymous profile)
March 31, 2014 at 10:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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