This afternoon Dubois murder suspect James Morrison, 69, pleaded not guilty to the early April shooting death of 64-year-old Paul Good. Good was found shot dead on a residential street in the Union Pass area above Dubois. Following an investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, Morrison was charged with and arrested for second degree murder. If found guilty, the crime is punishable by 20 years to life in prison. The arraignment hearing today was attended by more than 30 members of the public, most sitting on Morrison's side of the courtroom. His bond is currently set at $250,000 cash, which his attorney John Robinson of Jackson attempted to get reduced. Ultimately, Judge Norman E. Young declined to reduce the bond, but said he would reconsider if arrangements could be made for Morrison in another part of the county due to the proximity of his property to the victim's widow's. Robinson, in arguing for a surety bond of $75,000-$100,000 detailed the fact that Morrison has a clean record, needs regular treatment for diabetes, and is a long-time Fremont County property owner. He also asked Young to consider a house arrest situation. Robinson again noted that there are factors to this case that could point to self defense
Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lebrun said that it is not uncommon
locally to have bonds for homicide suspects be in the $750,000-$1 million
range or no bond at all. He said it was because of the reasons Robinson
stated that it was initially set lower.
In addressing the self defense argument, Lebrun noted there was evidence to
suggest that it wasn't and that the victim was shot at close range,
possibly as close as 6 inches. He also pointed to a 2013 physical fight
between the two men in which Morrison allegedly said he would "get even."
Morrison's trial is tentatively set for September.