A man was convicted on Wednesday for a triple homicide in Morgan County that happened two years ago.
It’s a case of intense dislike for three men that drove Erick Shute, 35, to shoot and kill Jack Douglas, Willie Bartley and Travis Bartley back in June of 2016. On Wednesday Shute was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder, as well as single counts each of attempted first-degree murder, wanton endangerment and firearms charges.
“He shot three unarmed men. He took the law into his own hands,” said Dan James, Morgan County prosecuting attorney. “He acted as judge, jury and executioner and he murdered these three men.”
James says it was all over property dispute. But statements from Erick Shute’s mother, Linda Shute, imply that it was much more than that.
“What did he say to you after shooting and killing three men? She said, he said he took out the trash. That was his response. He took out the trash. She said I knew he killed Jack, Willy and Travis because he always referred to taking out the trash by those three men,” said James.
And with all this, Shute still asks what will be done of the property. He also attempted to kill another man Terry Marks.
Shute is currently being held at Eastern Regional Jail. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 12 in Morgan County Circuit Court.