Two defendants convicted in the shooting death of Timothy Morris have been sentenced to state prison.
John Cory Broyles, 41, of Illinois,
was sentenced to 45 years to life, and Carmen Worthy, 40, of Texas, was
sentenced to 25 years to life. On May 30, a jury found Broyles guilty of one
count of first degree murder and found true a firearm allegation. The jury
found Worthy guilty of first degree murder.
In March 2000, Timothy Morris’ body
was found in Lytle Creek.
“He was shot once in the head, his
body was burned and he had been stabbed multiple times,” said Deputy District
Attorney Denise Yoakum, who prosecuted the case. “A bloody knife was located in
the area where his body was found.”
Broyles was arrested soon after Timothy
Morris’ death. However, he was let go due to a lack of evidence. In 2017,
members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit reinvestigated
the case and uncovered further evidence linking Broyles and Worthy to the
According to DDA Yoakum, Worthey wanted
her cousin Timothy Morris dead because she knew he was possibly coming into
Prior to sentencing today, the
victim’s niece, Shauraye Holloway gave the following impact statement. Holloway—who
said she was “extremely close” to her uncle--was 14-years-old at the time when
the murder took place.
at the hands of his own blood cousin is sickening. To think that your own
family member would orchestrate something so heinous, to kill an innocent man
for absolutely nothing should be punished to the full extent. My Uncle had his
whole life ahead of him and it was snatched away in an instant. He suffered in
that trunk and not one person sought out medical care. The burning, stabbing,
and beating were completely evil and unnecessary. I break down in tears when I
think about how he must have been fighting for his life that night. Ultimately
to only lose the battle.
attended the funeral as if nothing happened, even rode in the family limo, with
Tim’s mother. There was never any remorse for what either defendant did, as
they continued living their lives for 17 years, while we still were left with
unanswered questions and a life without Tim’s presence.
This case was investigated by the San Bernardino County
Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Unit, which consists of Sheriff’s Detectives,
District Attorney Investigators and Prosecutors.