Ex-Lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ Fatal DUI Case Sentenced

by Aaron Black • December 26, 2018
Tracy MorehouseFormer business attorney Tracy Morehouse was sentenced to 10½ years in state prison to be followed with five years of probation for causing the August 2017 death of a man while driving intoxicated with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.335, more than four times the legal limit.

Morehouse, 47, in November plead guilty to second degree murder, two counts of endangerment, and one count of leaving the scene of a crash. After hitting a first vehicle, Morehouse sped away on Scottsdale Road and traveling at 84 mph, according to investigators, struck Greg Dolphin, 45, who was stopped on his motorcycle for a red light at Scottsdale Road and Princess Drive.

At her sentencing on Dec. 17, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Cunanan heard statements from the slain man’s wife, Saima, who also read a written statement from the slain man’s 7-year old daughter, one of their two children.

“He was a great man,” the girl wrote. “I wish this never happened. I thought this would never happen. He was the best dad ever.”

Mrs. Dolphin told Judge Cunanan that “it’s hard for me to explain to them what death is, my kids do not understand. I’ve lost the co-parent that was helping me raise the children. The children have lost the guide that they were going to get, the guidance and the love that they're deprived of now."

At the sentencing Morehouse said that she has an issue with alcohol addiction and spoke of the struggle she’s had living with her alcohol abuse problem to the point of seeking help by going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Morehouse’s sentence is six months longer than Arizona Revised Statute §13-710’s minimum punishment level for second degree murder, compared to the 25-year maximum sentence.

Morehouse’s BAC level was higher than the 0.31 BAC that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says can be life-threatening alcohol poisoning or losing consciousness.

The Arizona Bar Association has disbarred her.