MODESTO -- An emotional few days since the man accused of murdering her son was put behind bars bubbled over Monday morning outside a Stanislaus County courtroom.
Myra Morris caught her first glimpse of Gregory Fisher, who was charged Thursday in the 2010 shooting death of her son, Brian Morris.
Fisher made a brief appearance in Superior Court, where it was determined that a public defender assigned to represent him had a conflict with his case. Another attorney will be assigned to represent Fisher, who's scheduled to return to court Wednesday morning.
Upon exiting the courtroom, and after a few words with friends and family, Myra Morris broke into tears as she tightly hugged her husband.
"Oh my God," she whispered to Brad Morris minutes after Fisher's brief appearance.
She and the group then listened to a victim's advocate explain what had just occurred inside Judge Marie Silveira's courtroom.
Asked what the four days since Fisher's arrest have been like, Myra Morris said: "Emotional. Happy. Extremely happy. But yet, sadness because the pain in my heart is still there. It will never go away. But I'm happy he is caught. He will pay. There is no doubt in my mind."
Fisher, who was charged in the homicide while in custody on rape, various domestic violence and burglary charges, walked into court in a red and white jail suit. The 30-year-old from Modesto said little before leaving a few minutes later, appearing to flash a glance at someone seated behind the Morris family.
"He didn't care," said Morris' sister, Stephanie Carter. "When he left, there was a smirk on his face. He's heartless."
Morris' body was discovered at 5:42 a.m. the morning of June 11, 2010, near a vacant lot by a woman driving on Costner Road near Carver Road north of Modesto.
Morris, 30, was last seen alive at a Stop 'N Go Groceries & Liquor at Carver Road and Standiford Avenue, where his image was captured on a surveillance camera while buying gas at 2:52 a.m., according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
On the surveillance footage with Morris is a heavyset black man in his late 30s. After months of searching, sheriff's detectives located the man late last year.
That man was not arrested, but one of his nephews, Fisher, was taken into custody. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Detective Frank Soria said Fisher was at the gas station that night.
He remains in Stanislaus County Jail with his bail set at $3 million.
Myra Morris said she and her family will be at each and every court appearance.
"I expected to see the person that killed my son, which I did," she said.
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