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Prosecutor seeks to boot Morrissey from murder case

A Louisa County prosecutor is accusing Richmond’s Joe Morrissey of possible witness tampering in connection with a murder case.

Morrissey represents Clifford Wood, a man accused in the fatal shooting of another last year at a home in the Montpelier area.

Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire says Morrissey should be removed from the case because he may have helped a witness fabricate a story that Wood acted in self-defense, according to The Central Virginian newspaper.

Morrissey reportedly denied the allegation in court and accused McGuire of wrongdoing as well. Morrissey said McGuire had been trying to intimidate witnesses by charging them with perjury, the newspaper said.

Circuit Judge Timothy Sanner is expected to rule on the cross-accusations. The next hearing in the case is June 25, according to online court records.

A three-judge panel in March disbarred Morrissey, effective June 15. Morrissey has said he will appeal that ruling when a final order is entered.