Third burning car death suspect makes court appearance

FREEHOLD - The third person arrested in the death of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a burning car last week appeared in court this afternoon.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin said Anthony Morris, 31, of Long Branch, was charged yesterday with arson for hire, tampering with physical evidence, desecrating human remains, hindering apprehension and conspiracy to commit arson.

Morris is being held on $500,000 cash bail at the Monmouth County jail. He faces more than 36 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Authorities say Morris took cash from the victim's former father-in-law and agreed to set the car on fire, aware of the fact that Stephen Moore's body was inside.

Police previously arrested Moore's ex-wife, Kathleen Dorsett, and his former father-in-law, Thomas Dorsett. Both have been charged with Moore's murder.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin says Morris worked for a business served by Thomas Dorsett's refrigeration company and they became friends, then conspirators.

The prosecutor is still looking for anyone who saw the Nissan Altima being driven between Aug. 16 and Aug. 18, when the car was set on fire.

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