An Ada attorney and his wife have been charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing from the estates of at least two clients.
Elizabeth Blakesley, who passed away in 1991, left $74,000 to Ada's East Central University with the stipulation that the money be earmarked for scholarships. Mr. Morris and his wife apparently decided that she meant scholarships for their own daughter and son-in-law, because it ended up going toward their tuition and books.
The two are also accused of stealing from the estate of Beatrice Mullins, who willed some property to the college that was also be used to fund scholarships. Instead, the Morrises allowed their friends to live in it.
An attorney for the Morrises wants you to feel bad for them. They've paid back the money meant for the college and have had this "hanging over their heads" for two years and "want this resolved"."These were widow women who wanted to leave a legacy, and trusted their attorney to make sure their wishes were carried out,” Cochran said. "What happened was despicable.”