WMAF Crimes: Susie Zhao murder: Poker pro allegedly sexually assaulted, ‘lit on fire’

Professional poker player Susie Zhao was bound with zip ties, sexually assaulted and “lit on fire” after meeting a convicted sex offender at a motel the night before her badly burned body was found in Michigan, court documents show.

The gruesome new details, obtained Tuesday by WXYZ in the ongoing FBI and White Lake Township investigation, show that cellphone records indicate that the 33-year-old rising poker star met Jeffrey Bernard Morris on July 12.

Police responded to a secluded area of Pontiac Lake Recreation Area one day later to find Zhao’s charred body, authorities said.

Morris, a homeless convicted sex offender whose last known address was in Pontiac, was arrested on July 31 after being pulled over on a warrant in Ypsilanti. After he was taken into custody, he told cops he picked up Zhao before they both checked into Sherwood Motel in Waterford Township late on July 12.

Morris told investigators the pair then left the motel to pick up some alcohol before returning. Zhao later left at midnight and “took all of her belongings including her cellphone with her,” Morris said.

But cellphone records show Zhao’s device didn’t leave the motel until 5 a.m., according to court documents.

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