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Cold case murder arrest

November 21, 2017

LYTLE CREEK, Calif – On March 3, 2000, San Bernardino County Sheriff - Fontana Station deputies responded to a found body off the side of a road near Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County. Deputies arrived and located the body of Timothy Morris age 32 at the time of his death.

The cause of death was gunshot wounds. During the investigation, investigators learned Morris resided with his cousin, Carmen Worthey in San Bernardino. Investigators also learned that brothers, John McKinney (aka John Cory Broyles, age 24 at time of homicide) and Brad McKinney, stayed at Worthey’s apartment for a few days in early March 2000.

During surveillance, investigators observed John exiting Worthey’s apartment. John was contacted and arrested for an outstanding warrant and interviewed. John was identified as a potential suspect, but there was not enough evidence to prosecute him. Investigators followed up with leads, but eventually the case went cold and remained unsolved.

In 2017, the Cold Case Team re-investigated the homicide. On October 18, 2017, Cold Case Investigators traveled to Illinois and arrested John for Murder. John was booked for Murder in Madison County, Illinois. On November 15, 2017, John was extradited to San Bernardino County and booked into West Valley Detention Center.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Nick Hartleben or Sergeant Greg Myler, Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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