Meet the District Attorney
ROBERT R. MORRIS III
Robert R. “Bob” Morris grew up in Senatobia, Mississippi, where he graduated from Magnolia Heights in 1990. Bob is the son of Reid and Betty Morris of Senatobia, Mississippi. Reid Morris was a member of the 82nd Airborne and a lifetime member of the Mississippi National Guard. He and his grandfather, Robert “Babe” Morris ran Morris Oil Company in Senatobia for nearly sixty years. Betty Morris worked for the Senatobia Police Department for many years and was one of the earliest members of the Republican Party in Tate County, Mississippi. Bob attended the University of the South a.k.a. “Sewanee”, graduating in 1994. While there he played football for the University, winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship in 1991. Thereafter he attended the University of Mississippi School of Law, graduating in 1996. Bob was in private practice from 1997 until November of 2014, when he was hired by District Attorney John Champion to prosecute felony cases in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
In the eight years that he worked as an Assistant District Attorney, Bob has tried over twenty cases to jury verdict in DeSoto County, Mississippi. These trials included the convictions in 2019 of Everett Moore for a drive-by murder, a conviction of Jerry Beale in 2020 for the attempted murder of three Southaven police officers, and the conviction in 2021 of Michael German for the aggravated assault of a school principal which happened in the Horn Lake Target in 2017. Bob was certified in August of 2015 as a specialist in the prosecution of gang related crime and has been a member of the DeSoto County child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Task Force since November of 2014. Bob is also a member of the Northwest Mississippi Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, which is a multi-district Task Force dedicated to stopping human trafficking in Northwest Mississippi.
Bob was appointed District Attorney by Governor Tate Reeves on September 23, 2022, to fill the vacancy left by the passing of then District Attorney John Champion. Bob will commence the role of District Attorney for the 23rd Judicial District of Mississippi on January 1, 2023, when DeSoto County, Mississippi, becomes its own district. Bob is the first Republican District Attorney in the history of the 17th Judicial District and will be the first Republican District Attorney for the 23rd Judicial District in January of 2023.
Bob is Married to Sabrina West Morris of New Albany, Mississippi. She currently teaches history at North Delta Schools and has been there since 2004. They have three children: Mary Emily Morris, age 22; Martha Elizabeth Morris, age 19; and Robert Reid Morris IV, age 15. They are members of the Methodist Church in Batesville and plan to transfer their Membership to the Hernando United Methodist Church in November.
Bob and his family are excited to continue serving the residents of DeSoto County for the remainder of this term, and for many more years to come. One of the primary goals of his administration is to continue to protect the citizens of DeSoto County by increasing the number of prosecutors as the County continues to grow and by continuing to aggressively address the crushing effects of addiction in this region. Bob wants to ensure that DeSoto County continues to be a flourishing place where our families may continue to feel safe and free to enjoy their neighborhoods and communities.