Susie Zhao, a Chinese American professional poker player in Michigan, was raped, killed and burned. The suspect was charged with first-degree murder.
according to the New York Post on the 12th, US police found Susie Zhao’s charred body in a secluded area of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area on July 13. Zhao’s cell phone records show that Zhao met with the suspect, Jeffrey Bernard Morris, on July 12. Morris was arrested on July 31 after confirming that his last address was Pontiac.
after Morris was arrested, he told police that he picked up Zhao on the night of July 12, and the two checked into the Sherwood Motel in Watford Town, and they went out to buy some wine. Zhao later left in the middle of the night and “took everything she had, including her cell phone,” Morris said But Zhao’s cell phone didn’t leave the motel until 5 a.m., according to cell phone records. Surveillance video and power lines from the motel left earlier in the day to drive to a 3745 acre lake Pontiac recreation area in Auckland County, where Zhao’s body was found. Other evidence suggests that Morris was in the park for about seven minutes.
at the time of his arrest, Morris was also found to have obvious blood stains on the bed sheet, a wooden baseball bat stained with blood, and investigators also found several shoe prints, hair and other bloodstained items in his car. Morris, 60, was convicted of a third degree sexual assault in 1989. Police said investigators were still looking for the motive for Morris’s murder. Morris is is currently charged with first-degree murder. Zhao was tied up with a sling, sexually assaulted and burned alive, according to court documents released on the 11th. Her identity was identified by fingerprints.
Zhao Xi, 33, has played poker since she was more than 10 years old, and is known as one of the best poker players in Los Angeles. Zhao, known as “Suxi Q” in poker circles for a year online, has won nearly $250000 in bonuses. Since 2009, she has won $187441 in the world series of poker, according to her player profile. Zhao graduated from private cronenbrook high school in Michigan and studied psychology at Northwestern University. Police said there was no evidence linking the cards or gambling to Zhao’s death. She has lived in Los Angeles and moved to Michigan in June with her parents, friends say, because she faces “challenges in her personal life.”.