“He hurt Benny and then lied about it,” she continued. “It was a calculated, maniacal thought process… I never, ever would have thought he was capable of such a heinous act.”
Morris, who looked straight ahead or down at the floor while standing before the judge, did offer an apology.
“Your honor, to those who this affects, I just wanted to express my remorse,” Morris said. “I pray for forgiveness on the part of those whose hearts have been broken.”
After the hearing, defense attorney Josh Engel said that Morris has some mental health issues, but not to the level that would have supported a not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea.
“It is a terrible case for everyone,” Engel said. “Hopefully, he (Morris) will get the help he needs in prison.”
Rader declined comment after the hearing, but Cash again spoke for the family. She said Benny’s older sister, age 5, misses her brother.
“We tell her he is in heaven,” Cash said.