On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm Yancey County Emergency Operation Center, E911 received a 911 call from Cove Mountain Road stating that William Morrow had shot himself in the head, but was still breathing. Yancey County EMS and Yancey County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched.
Sheriff Gary Banks and Corporal Jonathan Casteel arrived on the scene of 46 Cove Mountain Road and found William Morrow lying in the bedroom floor. William Morrow had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. William Morrow was still breathing. Yancey County EMS arrived and Mr. Morrow was transported to Mission Hospital via MAMA air lift. Mr. Morrow passed away in the mid morning hours of December 19, 2013.
Sheriff Gary Banks determined from what he observed at the residence that this incident did not appear to be a self inflicted wound. A vehicle was parked in the driveway which appeared to have recently been involved in a collision. Yancey County Sheriff’s Office investigators were contacted along with the NC SBI. Sheriff Banks observed William Morrow’s first ex-wife at the scene and identified her as the reporting person. Sheriff Gary Banks asked her to accompany an officer to the sheriff’s office where she and the investigators would be able to speak. Once at the Sheriff’s Office, she freely gave a statement that she had shot him. She did not give a reason, but did state that it was not in self defense.
The victim, William Michael Morrow Jr. was a distinguished United States Marine, who had retired within the past few years. William Morrow and Robyn Morrow had two children, both of which are in the military service. William Morrow was 44 years old.
Robyn Ann Wilson Morrow, age 41 was originally charged in the early morning hours of December 19, 2013 with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury with the intent to kill. This charge was upgraded to a murder charge after the victim, William Morrow passed away later that morning. Robyn Morrow is being held in the Yancey County Jail under a no bond release order.