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Daughter resumes testimony in father’s murder trial

Staff photo / Ed Runyan Kaitlynn Morgan testifies Thursday during the murder trial of her father John E. Morgan.

YOUNGSTOWN — Kaitlynn Morgan resumed her testimony today in the murder trial of her father, John E. Morgan, after Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Sweeney reminded her Wednesday that she is “under oath.”

Kaitlynn Morgan testified yesterday regarding what she saw July 31, 2022, when her father shot and killed Danny Peek Sr., the man she called her stepfather, outside of Peek’s home on East Florida Avenue on the South Side.

John Morgan’s attorneys are arguing that Morgan acted in self-defense.

Kaitlynn Morgan’s testimony was cut short Wednesday morning, and Sweeney sent the jury home early. Before she resumed her testimony today, Assistant Prosecutor Rob Andrews stated for the record away from the jury that Kaitlynn Morgan was provided this morning with a copy of text messages a defense attorney questioned her extensively about Wednesday in an effort to make her testimony go smoothly.

The trial resumes after lunch with more testimony from Kaitlynn Morgan, the only witness so far in the trial, which began Tuesday.

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