Suspect who ‘killed’ Brielle Biermann’s best friend in hit-and-run seen for first time in jail mugshot after arrest

THE suspect who ‘killed’ reality star Brielle Biermann’s best friend Ethan McCallister in an alleged hit-and-run can be seen for the first time in jail mugshots after his arrest.

Jessie Morris, 30, was arrested by the Atlanta Police Department on August 12 at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as he arrived on a flight from the Dominican Republic, cops confirmed.


Jessie Morris is seen in a police mugshot after being arrested in August at an airportCredit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Brielle was left devastated by her best friend Ethan's death and appealed for help


Brielle was left devastated by her best friend Ethan’s death and appealed for helpCredit: Instagram

He has since been charged with felony vehicular homicide and hit and run driving resulting in serious injury or death, but is yet to enter a plea.

Photographs obtained exclusively by The Sun show tattooed Morris staring ahead wearing a grey and yellow t-shirt.

He was denied bond but has an upcoming hearing on October 11, according to court records.

Ethan, 28, was hit while walking on Piedmont Road near Lindbergh Drive around 3am on April 3, police said.

He was rushed to hospital but later died from his injuries and cops spent months appealing for help to catch his killer.

In a disturbing video clip obtained by The Sun, a dark car is seen speeding away after the crash, leaving a trail of thick white smoke.

A different pedestrian can be seen running across the road in the video, provided by an Uber driver, to escape being struck by the out-of-control vehicle.

A police spokesperson said at the time: “A witness at the scene supplied video from a dashcam that shows the suspect vehicle, a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee, immediately after striking Mr McCallister.

“The suspect vehicle continued to drive at a high rate of speed and nearly struck another pedestrian.”

After news of Morris’s arrest, Brielle took to her Instagram Stories, writing: “Thank you God for giving a little closure to ethan’s family and friends!! fianlly!! (sic).”

The influencer’s mom, former Don’t Be Tardy star Kim Zolciak, also posted about her relief on social media after the families waited months for a big break in the case.

“Thank you God!! Finally justice for Ethan and his amazing family!!!” she posted. “I’m so grateful for the APD and every single one of you that sent me videos, contact info, pictures etc we truly appreciate it all. We will miss Ethan until we meet again..”

She recently slammed Bravo for “not mentioning” her daughter Brielle’s friend’s death on Watch What Happens Live, while the family show, Don’t Be Tardy, was also canceled after eight seasons.

“My baby Brielle was scheduled to do a pre-show call with WWHL Friday, April 9th, the day of Ethan’s (her best friend of many years who died tragically while they were out enjoying life on 4/3) funeral!” she began on Instagram Stories.

“It was obviously postponed! Which she appreciated very much. You can’t f**king tell me no one knew this information the day of filming! She filmed three days later … it was nationwide … not once was Ethan’s death mentioned or considered.”


She continued: “My baby sat there with a brave face not saying a word trying to stay strong (not five minutes before she was on my shoulder in tears). I will say that Andy did text me a week later apologizing, saying he was unaware of the situation!

“I don’t expect Andy to know … he has an entire team, Bravo, that should know! You guys know how I feel. Mess with me fine … mess with my kids is an entirely different story. I raised some strong girls and I am so proud of them.”

Brielle, 24, mourned the loss of Ethan with an emotional tribute after his shock death and said she was “sick to [her] stomach.”

She posted a slideshow of sweet photos of her late friend, writing: “Ethan…. i can’t believe I’m even writing this. I’m sick sick sick to my stomach. 

“You are my happiness my joy my light in this very dark world.. the life of the party and the sweetest soul I’ve been blessed to know. 

“You are my best friend. My heart. My everything. There will never be another you. Ever ever ever.”

She continued: “You came into this world with 1 mission… make people smile. You were damn good at it too. 

“There was never a moment i wasn’t laughing with you!! We haven’t spent a weekend apart all year!!! 

“How am i supposed to go anywhere without you? How am i supposed to laugh, smile, GO TO MIAMI OR DRINK 1942 WITHOUT YOU!? 

“God i love you ethan. I really really do. I can’t wait to see you again.”

Atlanta cops released shocking dashcam footage of the car speeding off after hitting Ethan


Atlanta cops released shocking dashcam footage of the car speeding off after hitting EthanCredit: Atlanta Police Department
Morris was denied bond and remains in jail in Fulton County ahead of a court hearing


Morris was denied bond and remains in jail in Fulton County ahead of a court hearingCredit: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Brielle said she felt sick to her stomach after Ethan's shock death


Brielle said she felt sick to her stomach after Ethan’s shock deathCredit: Instagram
Kim Zolciak and Brielle’s friend Ethan McCallister cops release dramatic dash cam footage of Range Rover after hit-and-run


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