Jud Morris was booked into jail Thursday after he was found with cameras that belonged to the Seattle station, said Detective Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. On Aug. 5, Seattle police detectives contacted deputies about the loss of two Sony Betacam SX cameras. The station contacted Seattle police late last month, Troyer said.
Because the Seattle Police Office of Professional Accountability is investigating police conduct in the April incident that Morris videotaped, the cameras case was referred to investigators in Pierce County to avoid a conflict of interest. Morris lives in Pierce County.
Joe St. Laurent, one of two attorneys representing Morris, called the charge baseless following his client’s arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court, according to The News Tribune.