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Double-murder, stabbing trial begins

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Jury selection began Monday in the double-murder trial of a Fairburn man, accused in the 2005 Riverdale stabbing deaths of his children's mother and her new boyfriend.

The trial of Christopher Isaiah Durr, 26 -- charged with the murders of Rashae Alicia Morgan, 20, and Dorian Robinson -- began Monday in Clayton County Superior Court.

The stabbings occurred June 27, 2005 at the Wren's Crossing Apartments, located at 500 Roberts Drive, in Riverdale, according to arrest warrants in the case. According to an application for arrest warrants filed in Clayton County Magistrate Court by the Riverdale Police Department, Durr stabbed each victim multiple times.

"A relative of Christopher Durr provided information that Christopher said he was going to take a murder charge, because he was going to kill his baby's mama," the application states.

Durr was Morgan's ex-boyfriend, and the father of her two, young children, who were 2 years old and 10 months old, at the time of the murders, according to police.

"The offender called the victim [Morgan] less than 12 hours prior to the killing, and told her, 'today is the day, it's time,'" the arrest warrant states.

The Riverdale Police Department had received calls from Morgan reporting domestic violence involving Durr, prior to the stabbings, Detective Linda Lash wrote in the application for the arrest warrants.

"On 6-21-05, two warrants were issued by Magistrate's office on Christopher Durr for simple battery -family violence and criminal trespass," Lash wrote in the application.

Durr faces several charges, including malice murder, felony murder, criminal trespass, aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, according to court records.

Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson declined to comment on the case, Monday.

Durr's attorney, Lloyd Matthews, could not be reached for comment.