Gerald Stansbury, president, Maryland State Conference of the NAACP and Jacqueline Boone Allsup, president of the Anne Arundel County branch of the NAACP announced Tuesday that a press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 3:30 p.m. to commend Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis for agreeing to reopen a suicide case that occurred at the Arundel Mills Mall on May 6, 2012.
Anne Arundel County Police found the body of a deceased African American female by the name of Katherine S. Morris on May 6, 2012. Katherine Morris was a 21 year-old University of Maryland student at College Park at the time of her death.
Police ruled her death was a “suicide.” Her mother, the Reverend Marguerite Morris had contended at the time of this ruling that her daughter was the victim of a homicide. Reverend Morris had appealed to the NAACP and the Caucus of African American Leaders to have this case re-opened. Rev. Morris was founder of Leah’s House, a non-profit women’s and children’s shelter in St. Mary’s County. She relinquished her leadership role after her daughter’s death but returned earlier this year.
After a number of meetings with the County police, Chief Davis has announced that a “committee has been” formed to review the original findings. The Reverend Morris, Stansbury, and Boone, Carl Snowden along with Chief Davis will be at the press conference to discuss this new development.
The press conference will take place at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 6922 North Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland beginning promptly at 3: 30 p.m.