Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The last man to see with Central New York woman Sheena Morris failed a lie detector test when asked whether he killed her, according to a Florida newspaper.
Morris, who was from the town of Clay, was found hanging in her Florida hotel room nearly four years ago. Police in Bradenton Beach determined her cause of death to be suicide, but her family has always doubted the results of her investigation.
Joe Genoese, Morris’ fiancé at the time, took the lie detector test for a taping of the Dr. Phil Show last week, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune
The test was conducted by a former FBI polygraph operator who says the test showed he was lying when asked, “Did you kill Sheena?”
The 48-year-old Genoese said taking the test was “The worst decision of his life.”
Genoese also told the newspaper, “I didn’t do well. I came up deceptive. It said I was lying. I guess I should have investigated this thing before I went on there. They set me up.”
Morris was 22 when she was found dead in her hotel room. Her parents claim she was the victim of domestic violence and that she was murdered.
Her father, David Morris, talked to NewsChannel 9 over the summer regarding a petition they hoped would prompt police to re-open his daughter’s case.
“We've got some momentum going. We've got things going and things have been worked on every day for the last three and a half years. There hasn't been a day that something about this hasn't been worked on and we're heading in a good direction,” he said.
Sheena Morris’s parents will also appear on the Dr. Phil Show. The episodes will air on Thursday and Friday.
The show’s producers told Genoese that if he is unhappy with the results of the test, he can arrange for another one.
Genoese says he has scheduled one for next week and has contacted an attorney.
Investigators have not said how the development will impact the case, if at all.
Lie detector tests are not admissible evidence in court.