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Trial date set for nurse accused in slaying of ex-girlfriend Kelei Morris

Steven Obrien Mason is charged with murder in Mobile County in the death of Kelei Morris.
Steven Obrien Mason is charged with murder in Mobile County in the death of Kelei Morris.

A trial date has been set in Mobile for a man who was a nurse in Jackson County when police arrested him on a murder charge in the slaying of ex-girlfriend Kelei Morris.

Steven Mason, 33, is set for trial Jan. 29, according to FOX 10 News in Mobile.

Mason is accused of shooting Morris, 23, outside her Mobile apartment Feb. 2, 2015.

He was working as a nurse with the Singing River Health Center in Jackson County when he was arrested in March.

Morris was a respiratory therapist at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center when she was killed. She grew up in Biloxi. She attended Nativity B.V.M. Elementary School and Mercy Cross High School, and graduated from St. Patrick High School in 2009.

Kelei had dated Mason a few months and decided she didn’t want to have a relationship with him, close friend Naquel Bennett of Biloxi told the Sun Herald in March.

“Kelei was classy in every sense of the word,” Monique Pietrowski, Bennett’s mother, said. “She put God first and she was always kind. I never even saw her get angry.”

Singing River Hospital did not know Mason had been convicted of a murder in 2003. He was convicted in the fatal shooting of his 17-year-old girlfriend. Like Morris, his girlfriend also was shot in head.

Mason had been convicted with a juvenile-offender status. His conviction apparently did not show up in a background check.

Bennet said that Morris wouldn’t have dated Mason if she had known he had a criminal background.

Morris was an only child.

Mason faces not only a murder charge but three counts of solicitation, FOX 10 News reported. A Mobile County prosecutor has said Mason tried to hire an inmate to kill three witnesses, the TV station reported.

Mason is held at the Mobile Metro Jail.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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