A man in Atlanta has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his boyfriend in October 2016.
William Bradley Morgan, 37, was a former dancer at Atlanta strip club Swinging Richards. His lover was Brian Campbell, a senior Comcast executive. The men had been in a relationship for around a year, lived together in an Altlanta condo, but both had wives elsewhere, reports local news station WXIA-TV.
Morgan was separated from his wife in Alabama. Campbell’s wife of 14 years lived in Delaware with the couple’s two children. Campbell’s job required him to stay in Atlanta. The two men met in a local gay venue.
Morgan was addicted to methamphetamines and relied on Campbell, 43 at the time of his death, for money.
According to prosecutors, “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.”
Prosecutors say that when Morgan realized Campbell was ending it, he shot him twice in the head.
He then wrapped the body in trash bags and placed it in a closet. He lowered the thermostat as low as possible and lit a scented candle near the closet to minimize any potential odors.
Morgan stole Campbell’s Land Rover Discovery, a couple of his high-end watches, iPhone, wallet and other valuables and fled to Alabama.
Campbell’s body was discovered two days later by police. They tracked Morgan down two weeks later and extradited him to Atlanta.
He admitted stealing from Campbell but denied murder.
Morgan 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. On Monday he was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Fulton Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua.
District Attorney Paul Howard told Project Q Atlanta it was a “horrifying case on so many levels.
“The defendant murdered the victim in cold blood because he was worried about losing his source of financial stability,” he said. “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.”