Decision expected soon on DA’s motion to remove judge from Savannah murder trial

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Prosecutors are challenging a Chatham County Superior Court Judge presiding over a 2015 murder case in Savannah.

The District Attorney’s Office argues that Judge John Morse is incapable of being impartial in Timone Hooper’s trial.

They claim the judge has a specific method of how he wants to see them prosecute cases and uses his rulings to violate judicial canon.

The state also claims Judge Morse has excluded victims and families from being in court proceedings, which would be a violation of Marcy’s Law.

This is the second time prosecutors have asked him to step down from a murder trial.

Judge Gary McCorvey says he will make a ruling on the motion to recuse Judge Morse within a week.

Hooper is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Lawrence Bryan in August 2015.

He is charged with malice murder and is already in federal prison on gun charges.

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