Shrimp captain killed, another charged in death

June 16, 2011 2:58:48 AM PDT
A shrimp boat captain has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a fellow shrimp boat captain whom authorities say was a longtime friend and former employee.

James Michael Morris was free on $75,000 bond after he was booked into the Galveston County Jail on Tuesday.

The shooting happened before dawn June 3 at a seafood dock in Texas City. Police Capt. Brian Goetschius says a dispute over customers between Morris and Kelly Sumner ended with a struggle over a handgun Morris brandished. The gun discharged, wounding Morris in the leg. Goetschius says Morris dropped the gun, but as Sumners loomed over him Morris grabbed it and fired, fatally wounding Sumners in the back.

Jail records do not list an attorney for Morris.