Jennifer Lynn Morrissey attends a pre trial hearing after murdering her sugar daddy after throwing her out of his Bucks County, Pennsylvania home.
Jennifer Lynn Morrissey a 33 year old Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania woman on Monday appeared at a pre-trial hearing in which she was alleged to have fatally shot her sugar daddy in the face after the man broke up with her.
Killed was 64 year old man, Michael Dennis McNew, whose alleged murder his sugar baby had tried to cover up by faking a robbery at the man’s Washington Crossing home reported foxnews.
According to sources, the relationship between Morrissey a local motorcycle mechanic with a checkered criminal past and that of her paramour, a father and grandfather and pharmaceutical executive was ‘unconventional,’ but one nonetheless that seemed to work. Until it didn’t.
According to prosecutors, Morrissey moved into Michael McNew’s home outside Trenton, N.J. in 2015. For nearly two years, he bought her presents, paid her bills and even covered any court fees from previous legal woes.
At some point the couple’s relationship soured, with McNew by now looking to $$$ get out, before Morrissey killed him.
Jennifer Lynn Morrissey elaborate scheme to distance herself from the murder scene:
Investigators say Morrissey killed her ‘benefactor’ in August, shooting him once in the head.
Cops say Morrissey staged the man’s death to look like a burglary gone awry and even buried McNew’s cellphone and laptop computer in her current boyfriend’s backyard. She also messaged McNew on Facebook after he died to make it look like she didn’t know what happened reported NBC 10.
In a bid to remove any gun residue from her hands, Morrissey’s boyfriend allegedly urinated on her hands, prosecutors said.
Morrissey maintains the shooting death was accidental – a result of what her lawyer called a ‘kill or be killed’ moment.
‘She came to her home to retrieve some belongings and struggled over a firearm and Mr. McNew unfortunately was shot and killed,’ Morrissey’s lawyer, Phillip Steinberg, said at a two-hour preliminary hearing on Monday.
Her texting records, however, show a different story, officials said. Prosecutors instead sought to show that Morrissey ‘knew exactly what she was doing.’
Jennifer Lynn Morrissey sends sugar daddy text: ‘Get the gun ready, I’m coming!’
According to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, on the day of the sugar daddy’s murder, Morrissey sent threatening messages to McNews on Aug. 6 after the executive told her he was boxing up belongings she’d left at his house and that she was not welcome back in his home.
‘Get the gun ready cause I’m coming. I already told you that I’ll be there tonight … guess your [sic] just gonna have to shoot me,’ one of the texts read, the DA office said. ‘I’m gonna stab ya.’
McNew’s body was found Aug. 8 at his home. An autopsy determined that he died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
‘I don’t believe she’s a victim,‘ the prosecutor said in court on Monday.
New evidence gathered revealed DNA from Morrissey being found inside McNew’s pants pockets apparently while the woman sought to stage a ‘fake home robbery.’
Along with criminal homicide, Morrissey was charged with tampering or fabricating evidence and possessing an instrument of crime, with Monday’s presiding judge ruling the woman be held on all charges against her.
McNew worked for AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company best known for developing the immunosuppressive drug Humira. He grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland, and attended West Virginia University.
Morrissey faced minor charges in the past, including speeding and driving with a revoked or suspended license in 2013 and failing to vaccinate a pet in 2010, according to court records. All prior cases were closed.