Nearly two months after they turned down an offer to plead guilty to robbing an elderly man last summer, a man and woman have been charged with second-degree murder.
Harold Carter, 42, and Mary Anne Voorhees, 53, who were arraigned Wednesday in Oneida County Court, also face first-degree robbery charges. Each faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of murder. The pair were returned to Oneida County Jail, where they are being held on $50,000 bail.
Glenn W. Morgan Jr. disappeared after celebrating his 73rd birthday in mid-August. His decaying corpse was found nine days later about 15 feet down a brush-strewn embankment in suburban Utica by a woman walking on a nearby sidewalk. The body was found several miles down the road from the Whitesboro American Legion post where Morgan met Voorhees the night he disappeared. The pair drove into Utica and went to several bars with Carter, police said.
Voorhees and Carter, both of Utica, were seen back in Utica later that night with Morgan's car.
Morgan, a widower and retired postal worker, was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, officials said.