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Trial date set for '09 Woodstock murder

WOODSTOCK – Nearly four years after he was accused of stabbing a homeless man to death and then fleeing to Tennessee, Kyle Morgan is scheduled to go on trial for murder.

An April 1 trial date has been set for Morgan, 28, with an interim date on Feb. 15 for a hearing on pending motions.

Morgan is accused of killing 28-year-old Robin Burton Jr., whose body was found Jan. 19, 2009, in Morgan’s Woodstock apartment on Leah Lane.

It took about a year and a half for Morgan to return to Illinois after his arrest in Tennessee, where he accepted a five-year plea deal for hitting two pedestrians. Police said Morgan had been spooked by a state trooper who pulled his cruiser in behind Morgan's car.

Morgan remains in the McHenry County Jail.

Shortly after Burton’s killing, Morgan’s family issued a statement saying Morgan had suffered from serious mental illness since he was 14 years old.

Morgan referred to himself as “Thrill Kill Kyle” on his MySpace page, where he wrote about his fascination with true-crime literature and claimed to be a pen pal with “some famous serial killers.”

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