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A tenant facing eviction murdered his landlord with an ax on the day of a scheduled court hearing and told investigators where they could find the tarp-wrapped body, police say. The Portsmouth Police Department said in a news release that Xue Feng Wu, 50, a Tiverton resident, left his home early Monday to check out the 1722 West Main Rd. rental property where Jacob Morrill was staying. At 4:32 p.m., when Wu had not been seen or heard from for hours, officers went to the scene and met Morrill there, police said.

The tenant allegedly admitted that the landlord was at the property earlier that day and claimed that Wu had gone to court in Providence. It turns out that Wu was supposed to go to court that morning to evict Morrill, but it wasn’t until after 6 p.m. on Monday that police learned the worst and made an arrest.

Police said an informant called at that time and claimed to have “information related to a crime” at the rental residence. Then around 6:10 p.m. m., Morrill “contacted our department and told the front desk officer that he beat and killed Mr. Wu,” police said in the news release. Morrill was detained behind a Mobil gas station, where he apparently agreed to meet with police officers and allegedly revealed the location of the victim’s body.


Jacob Morrill Age

The age of Jacob Morrill is 25 years.

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Charges on Jacob Morrill

Thereafter, police said, the victim’s body was found in the “back wooded area” of the rental property “wrapped in a tarp and held in place by a section of chain link fence and other objects in a bushy area out of the way.” Police now believe Morrill and Wu had a confrontation inside a garage at the rental property, in which the suspect allegedly grabbed a “small hand axe” and struck Wu over the head, killing him.

Portsmouth Police Chief Brian Peters spoke to reporters about the murder on Monday, saying “it’s definitely shocking to see that here in Portsmouth.” He said there hadn’t been an incident like that for “a few years” (Portsmouth had reportedly not had a murder case since 2016). “The Portsmouth Police Department extends our deepest condolences to Mr. Wu’s family on the tragic loss of him,” police said in the news release.


Wu, a husband and father of a young daughter, had an active court case against Morrill in an attempt to evict him from the property; both Morrill and Kelsey Butler were named as defendants in the eviction matter. The case was closed the same day as the murder, court records say, and a hearing was scheduled for that morning. The police chief credited “an individual in the home” for calling police and said this individual and Morrill “live together.”

A separate eviction case, which also named Morrill and Butler, was closed on March 17, court records show. That case related to a residence on Baker Street in Warren. Judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiff, Diane Greenbaum, on the day the case was closed.

Morrill was arraigned in Newport County District Court on one count of first-degree murder Tuesday and held without bail. A bond hearing is scheduled for June 6. The suspect will turn 25 on June 16.Read More……


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