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Suspect could change plea in deadly Clay Township crash

SOUTH BEND, Ind.- The hearing for James Morrison, the man accused of causing a deadly crash in St. Joseph County has been postponed until after the holidays.

Morrison is accused of causing a deadly crash that killed one man following a high speed chase with police. In court today, his lawyer told the judge they are still working on some court documents. 

On February 23rd charges were filed in connection with a deadly accident on State Road 933 and Darden Road.


On February 21st, according to court documents, a Berrien County deputy recognized a stolen gold Chevy trailblazer right around the Michigan-Indiana border.


Deputies say, 39-year-old James Morrison was behind the wheel and didn’t stop.


Morrison traveled into St. Joe County, reaching speeds of over 100 mph. When he reached 933 and Darden  he took a red light and struck a pickup  killing Andre Northern.


Court documents say, once blood was drawn heroin was present in Morrison’s blood.


Previously, Morrison had active warrants in both Berrien and St. Joseph counties. He pleaded not guilty to charges including three counts of causing serious bodily injury.


Morrison's next hearing will be on January 22. Judge Elizabeth Hurley says if the paperwork isn't submitted by then there will be a trial. 

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