Junction City man pleads no contest to involvement in 2007 murder

By Katherine Wartell

A Junction City man pled no contest Monday in Riley County District Court for his alleged involvement in the 2007 murder of Terrell Morris.

Lt. Josh Kyle said Mekel Anthony McAlpine, 26, pled no contest to charges that he aided a felon in the Jan. 27, 2007 shooting death of Terrell Morris, 21.

Kyle said that RCPD investigators determined McAlpine allegedly drove Kenneth Dotson and Marchello Woods to Morris’ apartment on Jan. 27, 2007, and then drove the two away following Dotson’s alleged shooting of Morris. Kyle said McAlpine also allegedly assisted in disposing of evidence related to the murder.

Dotson and Woods have already been convicted in relation to Morris’ death. Dotson, who was arrested in March 2008, was convicted in 2009 of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced to 86 months, while Woods was convicted in 2010 of aiding a felon.

Dotson is currently serving his sentence with the Kansas Department of Corrections, and Woods is on parole.

In district court in 2009, County Attorney Barry Wilkerson said the murder stemmed from a drug deal gone bad. According to Wilkerson, Morris had purchased cocaine from Dotson on Jan. 26, 2007, in Junction City. He said that later that evening the two had a phone conversation, after which Dotson and two accomplices went to Morris’ residence in Manhattan. Wilkerson said Dotson thought he was being set up and that his life was in danger and shot Morris multiple times. Wilkerson said Dotson was charged with manslaughter instead of murder because Dotson had not entered the scene with the intention of killing Morris.

McAlpine is currently confined on unrelated charges in Geary County.

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