Liverpool native Sheena Morris' death is getting national attention. Morris, 22, was found hanging in a Florida hotel room January 1st, 2009. It was ruled a suicide. But Morris' family believes she was murdered by her ex-fiancé. Both sides are sharing their side of the story on Dr. Phil this week. Our Katie Gibas spoke with Sheena's father about the show, the outcome and the newly re-opened police investigation.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- For four years, Sheena Morris' father has been trying to get answers. That was part of the appeal of Dr. Phil's television show. And he did get a lot of answers from Morris' ex-fiancé Joe Genoese. But still, to him, something was missing.
"We could tell within like five minutes into the show that he wasn't being 100 percent truthful with a lot of his stories and his answers to us," said David Morris, Sheena's father.
The first of the two part episode aired Thursday. It revisits the events of the night Sheena died, including a call to police for a domestic incident in her and Genoese's hotel room. Genoese said at that point, he left and didn't return. But that's not what the polygraph test revealed on the show when asked if he killed Morris.
"He had a really good rapport with the guy that administered his polygraph test. They said everything went text book so to speak. But the minute that the tests results came back out, all of a sudden he has a problem with the way the test was administered, the person who administered it," said Morris.
We reached out to Genoese, but were unable to get a hold of him for comment. In a Herald-Tribune article, he is quoted as saying, "They set me up. If I was guilty of anything, why the hell would I go out there?"
This all comes about a two weeks after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told the Bradenton Beach Police Department to reopen the case after finding 15 things the police department should have done in the initial investigation. But Morris' family is concerned the police department isn't re-looking at the case objectively.
"He's more or less back his original theory. He's doing an investigation and working harder to back his theory of suicide than he is to investigate this case," said Morris.
Morris' father says he hopes the exposure from the television show will pressure the Bradenton Beach Police Department to look at the facts and find Sheena's Killer.
Part two of the Dr. Phil episode will air Friday at 3 p.m. The family is having a public viewing at Duskee's Bar and Grill in Phoenix. Any money raised will be donated to a local domestic violence organization.