Murder charge added in Sunday shooting

Dylan Morgan

A murder charge has been filed against a Terre Haute man accused of shooting a friend in the face while playing with a gun on Sunday.

Dylan M. Morgan, 20, appeared Thursday in Vigo Superior Court 1 where a trial date of Feb. 25 was set and attorney Paul Jungers was appointed to represent Morgan.

Morgan originally was arrested Sunday on charges of reckless homicide, altering the scene of a death and obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting death of Gage E. Eup at a house in the 2200 block of Cleveland Avenue.

The murder charge was added Thursday, as were charges of possession of marijuana, illegal consumption of alcohol and notice of additional penalty for use of a firearm.

Morgan, for whom bond previously had been set at $35,000, is now held without bond.

Morgan's girlfriend Sabrei Neace also appeared in court Thursday for an initial hearing on charges of assisting a criminal, altering the scene of a death, obstruction of justice and maintaining a common nuisance.

Neace's trial date is set for Nov. 26 and her bond is set at $10,000.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday, Eup and a friend went to the home of Morgan and his girlfriend, Sabrei Neace, to hang out.

At one point, Morgan reportedly told Eup he’d shoot him if he did not change a song that was playing on the television.

A witness told told police Morgan got a handgun from his bedroom, removed the magazine and was playing with the gun before pointing the firearm at Eup’s face and pulling the trigger.

After shooting Eup, Morgan told police that Eup had shot himself with a gun he’d brought to the residence. During later questioning, however, Morgan admitted it was his gun and acknowledged he’d retrieved it from beneath a pillow in his bedroom, police said.

Police also learned alcohol and drugs were being consumed.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or at lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.

Lisa Trigg has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star since 2009. With more than 30 years of newspaper experience, she now covers general news with a focus on crime and courts.

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