Careless gun handling alleged in shooting death in Oklahoma City

Bernard Eugene Morris, 57, was arrested on a manslaughter complaint. He told police he accidentally shot and killed his wife, Oklahoma County District Court records show.
by Matt Dinger Modified: September 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm •  Published: September 27, 2013

A man accused of shooting his wife to death admitted to police he was being careless with a weapon and had smoked synthetic marijuana earlier in the day, court records show.

Bernard Eugene Morris, 57, was arrested on a manslaughter complaint.

About 1:55 a.m. Monday, officers found Cynthia Morris, 53, dead at 124 NW 80 with a gunshot wound to her torso, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

Her husband told police that he was bored about 1:30 a.m. and grabbed the firearm from a closet. As he was climbing into bed with it, his finger was on the trigger and the gun went off, fatally wounded his wife, according to the affidavit.

“I was (expletive) around with it and it went off,” he told an officer.

Bernard Morris also admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana earlier in the day, the affidavit states. He complained of heart trouble and was taken to a hospital for observation, records show.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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