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Suspect pleads not guilty in Rose State shooting

Brandon Morrissette is escorted from a court room by Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputies and his attorney David Smith on Dec. 20 following an arraignment hearing. Morrissette is accused of fatally shooting a student at Rose State. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

A man accused of fatally shooting a student at Rose State College pleaded not guilty on Dec. 20.

Brandon Morrissette, 30, was formally arraigned on charges of murder and having a gun on a school campus. He appeared before Judge Heather Coyle in Oklahoma County District Court.

Morrissette will remain in custody at the Oklahoma County Detention Center without bond.

Prosecutors say that Morrissette shot and killed 20-year-old RJ Long outside of the Humanities building at Rose State on April 24.

Police said Morrissette believed Long was having an affair with his wife. She told investigators that Long was a classmate and friend. Morrissette’s wife was leaving class with Long when the shooting occurred. Police said Morrissette surrendered to an officer after the shooting. His wife identified him as the shooter.

“That’s part of the story and we have to be honest about it and deal with it the best we can,” said attorney David Smith, who is representing Morrissette. “We can’t run away from it.”

Smith described the case as complicated and said there are a lot of details the public does not know.

“There are just a lot of issues to deal with,” said Smith. “A lot that hasn’t even come out yet. Things that relate to our client and who he is and what exactly happened there at the scene.”

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Smith said they are negotiating with prosecutors but hope to send the case to trial.

Morrissette is also facing a separate charge for possession of child pornography, which police say they uncovered on his cell phone during the murder investigation.

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