Man convicted of triple homicide sentenced to life without parole

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — A jury found Derek Morse guilty in the 2014 Lookout Valley homicides and sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole for each of the three counts.

The jury deliberated for about three hours Tuesday night and less than an hour Wednesday morning before deciding that Derek Morse killed the three men.

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The jury found Morse killed Caleb Boozer, John Lang, and Jon Morris. He was also found guilty of trying to kill Matthew Callan. This comes after more than a week of trial, that included more than a dozen people who testified.

At the sentencing hearing, relatives of the victims told the jury how they were impacted by the homicides. Family members say it was devastating and some say they had suicidal thoughts.

Morse’s uncle told the jury that Morse had a rough upbringing with no structure or support.

The jury decided to give Morse three life sentences without the possibility of parole.

There are two other suspects in the case who have not yet had trials.