A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to raping and fatally stabbing a 13-year-old western New York girl following a party she’d gone to without her family’s knowledge.
Darshawn Morris was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in state Supreme Court Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder, rape and criminal sexual assault.
Morris has been jailed since his arrest Sept. 4, a day after the body of Lanasha (lah-NAY’-shuh) Rollerson was found behind a garage near his home. The day she died, her family had reported her missing and blanketed the neighborhood with missing person fliers after realizing she’d left the house.
Police arrested Morris after learning he had sought treatment for an undisclosed condition at a Buffalo hospital. Commissioner Daniel Derenda said he confessed to the killing.