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Cold case murder investigators get a conviction
June 2, 2018
LYTLE CREEK, Calif – On March 3, 2000, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Fontana Station deputies responded to a found body off the side of a road near Lytle Creek. Deputies arrived and located the body of Timothy Morris (age 32 at time of 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 John McKinney (Aka John Broyles) and Brad McKinney, brothers, 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 Adam Salsberry and Gerrit Tesselaar traveled to Illinois and arrested John for PC 187-Murder. John was booked for PC 187-Murder in Madison County, Illinois. On November 15, 2017, John was extradited and booked into West Valley Detention Center.
On the first week of May 2018, Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum tried John Broyles and Carmen Worthy in Rancho Cucamonga for Timothy Morris’ murder. Detective Nick Hartleben was the case agent during trial. On May 30, 2018, DDA Yoakum received guilty verdicts against Worthy and Broyles for first degree murder and an additional gun enhancement on Broyles for the use of a gun during the murder.
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