The York County teen jailed for more than two months after he was accused of intentionally setting a fire that left his toddler brother dead is scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday, according to court officials.
Jacob Morgan, 17, is charged with murder and arson in connection with the March 6 fire that killed 14-month-old Joshua Hill. Morgan was arrested a few days after the fire when he confessed after a long interrogation by a State Law Enforcement Division agent.
His lawyer, 16th Circuit Deputy Public Defender B.J. Barrowclough, has said that police did not test a space heater as a potential cause of the fire and that Morgan, with cognitive problems, was badgered into a coerced confession that was not recorded.
Morgan’s family has said he has autism, can barely read and write, and would never intentionally harm his brother.
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His family and lawyer want him released on bond pending trial.
But prosecutors say Morgan had a history with fire and that he admitted his involvement in the crime. They are expected to oppose bond.
Morgan has been jailed since his March 9 arrest. Wednesday’s hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
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