Jury opts for lesser manslaughter conviction in motorcycle club shooting

Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

A York County jury opted to convict Dasean Morris of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in a fatal 2020 motorcycle club shooting, throwing out first and third-degree murder charges.

Morris, 20, was accused of firing a gun as members of the Thunderguards motorcycle club stood outside their clubhouse in the 900 block of East Clarke Avenue in York City on July 31, 2020. One man, Kyle Hagenbuch, 26, of Carbon County, was shot in the head. He died about two days later.

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Lewis Reagan, the prosecutor in the case, alleged Morris was upset that a Thunderguards biker had touched or blocked his car. Security camera video showed the car seemingly slowing to a stop near the group, then speeding up before shots are fired from the driver's side window. Reagan noted the gun was aimed at head height, with an intent to shoot someone, when the bullet went through Hagenbuch’s head.

Another club member apparently returned fire as Morris drove away.

Dasean Damont Morris

The trial began March 21, and the jury deliberated for nearly three days, sending its foreperson back to the judge with multiple questions about video evidence and reasonable doubt.

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After police responded to the shooting two years ago, Reagan said, club members assisted in the investigation in various ways, which included collecting and providing shell casings to police and giving statements to police. One member identified Morris in a photo array.

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Reagan also played video taken from security cameras for the jury. The sound of gunfire explodes on one of the clips, followed by a black Acura speeding through the scene and then a person running after it.

Witnesses identified the car’s driver as a young man in his 20s with dreadlocks, police said during the investigation, and Morris matched the description at the time. From a search of his home, police said they found dreadlock-style hair that had been cut and a gun.

Reagan argued that receipts from several local businesses, as well as images from security video at a couple of those businesses, established a timeline of Morris’ whereabouts on the day of the shooting.

“He can’t deny those things because we have them,” Reagan said.

Morris is scheduled to be sentenced June 6 on the involuntary manslaughter charge.

— Aimee Ambrose can be reached at aambrose@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @aimee_TYD.