Sentencing adjourned in rape, murder case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo family will have to wait until next month to learn the fate of the man who murdered their 13-year-old. The sentencing of 21-year-old DarShawn Morris has been adjourned until May 14th.

Defense attorneys representing Morris have filed a motion alleging prosecutorial misconduct. The attorneys for the state want to respond to the motion in writing.

Last month a jury convicted Morris of second-degree rape and murder, for the death of 13-year-old Lanasha Rollerson. He stabbed Rollerson about 60 times.

Her body was found dumped behind a garage near Morris’ house. This was after she attended a party at his house last September.

Police say Morris confessed to them that he killed Rollerson. However, during the trial Morris pointed the finger at someone else.

“If you compare those statements that he made with the physical evidence that was found at the crime scene, it’s clearly inconsistent on many, many, many different points,” said defense attorney Robert Cutting.

So why would Morris confess?

Defense attorney Emily Trott said, “A murder is committed in your own house, with your DNA all over the place. Who’s going to believe that someone else did it? It was a hard, long shot from the very beginning.”

Morris faces 37 years to life in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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