By LAUREN SILVER Court TV
ROSELLE, N.J. (Court TV) – Maryland State Police announced they arrested a man allegedly connected to the brutal murder of a mother and daughter in their New Jersey home.
In a news release on Thursday, the Maryland State Police announced the arrest of Everoy J. Morrison on charges related to a stolen vehicle.
Investigators said Morrison was driving a stolen 2019 silver BMW 750 with New Jersey tags. The vehicle had been taken from the scene of a homicide in Roselle.
Police told WNBC that Morrison’s brother, Gary Morrison, is the husband and father of the victim.
Gary Morrison’s sister, Atasha Scott, told WNBC that her brother raced home after his daughter did not arrive at school and his wife failed to show up at work on Wednesday to find a bloody scene in the house. Scott said Keisha Morrison, 45, and her daughter, 9-year-old Kelsey, had been wrapped in sheets and stuffed under the child’s bed.
Scott told WABC that two other children who live in the house, the older sisters of the 9-year-old victim, called their father after they woke up on Wednesday morning and saw blood on the walls of their little sister’s bedroom.
“We demand justice for my niece. She didn’t deserve this. We demand justice for my sister-in-law,” Scott told WCBS.
Family told News 12 New Jersey Everoy Morrison had been living with the family and had recently been asked to leave the home.
“(Keisha) said she wanted (Everoy) out, he says he would leave before the end of the month,” Scott told WABC. “But he didn’t, he didn’t leave. He murdered them.”
Scott said that in addition to finding his wife and child killed and stuffed under a bed, Gary found the bloody axe used to kill them under a mattress, WABC reported.
As police officers arrived at the scene, Everoy Morrison allegedly fled in Keisha’s brand-new car, which she had just purchased a week ago, WNBC reported.
Maryland State Police said they were contacted to be on the lookout for the BMW shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday and located the vehicle approximately an hour later in Baltimore County.
Kelsey’s birthday was Sunday, WABC reported. She would have turned 10.
Roselle Mayor Donald Shaw shared his condolences in a statement to News 12 New Jersey, saying, “The family and this community have lost two precious souls. You can rest assured, we will get through this together. And to the family, the Borough of Roselle stands with you and will be here for the long haul.”
Everoy Morrison was arrested on charges relating to the stolen vehicle only. The Union County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office has not offered any comment on the investigation.