A former soccer coach in Great Britain faces a life prison sentence after he was found guilty Tuesday of murdering a young model who named her killer with her dying words.
Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, dialed the British emergency line as she lay fatally injured from multiple stab wounds inflicted with a kitchen knife by her violent boyfriend, Ricardo Morrison.
The aspiring actress, who had represented Britain in beauty pageants and had posed for both Playboy and Cosmopolitan magazines, told an emergency operator: “I can’t breathe. I’ve been stabbed. Please help me. I’m dying. He’s stabbed me to death.” Asked who had attacked her, she replied: “My boyfriend... I’m going... I can’t see.”
Morrison, 22, who denied murder, was convicted after an 11-day trial at Britain's Manchester Crown Court. Clutching a Bible, he bowed his head, put one hand to his face and appeared to begin weeping when the verdict was given.
After the slaying, he fled from the house where the couple were living to his mother’s home in Birmingham, England, where she allowed him to wash his bloodstained clothes.