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Americus man charged with murdering coworker

April 2, 2004

Sumter County-- An Americus man is in jail, charged with murdering his former coworker.

57-year-old Vivian Wright was found dead inside her home Tuesday night--her car and cell phone stolen. Investigators found the accused killer by tracing calls he made on that phone.

34-year-old Brian Lee Morgan is charged with murdering Vivian Wright.

Morgan was taken into custody at his mother's home in Americus early Friday morning. Sumter County Sheriff Robert Ingle says, "He probably had been on drugs last night when he was taken into custody."

Drugs could be the reason why Morgan was at Wright's north Sumter County home Monday night, "The robbery was to obtain either money or items that can be sold for money to sustain his drug habit."

Investigators think Morgan tried to rob Vivian Wright for drug money--instead he killed her, "She was murdered, in her bed, in her bedroom. She was strangled to death."

Wright was found Tuesday night by a former coworker at Sumter County Regional Hospital--the same place where Morgan once worked, "That is our understanding, that he worked as a floor technician at Sumter Regional Hospital. This is apparently where he met her and they became friends."

A friendship that went terribly wrong. Now neighbors of Wright's are shocked by her violent end. Angela Brantley says, "My reaction was that it was so close to my home, it was right in my backyard and it was so quiet and I never knew anything was going on. That was the part that was hard."

Vivian Wright recently left her job at Sumter Regional Hospital after seven years as a lab technician.

She accepted a new job at a Louisiana hospital--where she planned to move to be near her grandchildren.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com