Another Carey family
member has a troubled past
By David Baker
Posted June 12, 2018
Mariah Carey’s older brother Morgan once agreed to kill a man for $30,000, according to a 1987 decision in an U.S. appeals court case.
Virginia Maddox was convicted of shooting her estranged husband with a rifle at her Suffolk County, Long Island home in 1980. Prior to the shooting, Carey, who was acquainted with one of her sons, agreed to kill William Maddox and accepted $1,500 from Virginia Maddox as a down payment. Carey reportedly told a court he had no intention of carrying out the killing.
Carey was testifying as a witness against Maddox, who was convicted of soliciting Carey, as well as of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She later appealed, claiming her lawyer had failed to properly investigate her claim of extreme mental disturbance, and that the supervising D.A, who had gone into practice with a lawyer who was representing her sons on a contingency basis in litigation over her husband’s estate would benefit if she was convicted of murder because under New York law she would be precluded from receiving any share of the estate.
The appeals court sent the case back to the lower court for further action based on its decision. The result of that proceeding, or if Carey faced any charges, could not immediately be determined.
This case would not be Carey’s only involvement in criminal proceedings. In June 1997 he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing a 9mm automatic at another man during a dispute at his Los Angeles home, according to a story in the New York Daily News. He was sent to jail on $30,000 bail and released the next day.
The other man, Lawrence Dwonch, was unhurt. He was charged with threatening Carey.
The outcomes of the two cases also could not immediately be learned.
Morgan Carey, now 57, has been estranged from his two sisters, Mariah Carey and Alison Carey for years. In 2016, he slammed Mariah in several media stories for refusing to help Alison even after Alison received a traumatic brain injury during a robbery at her home on Long Island. By then a virtual stranger, he visited her when she was in a hospital following surgery to stop a hemorrhage caused by the assault. But that resumption of the relationship lasted only few months; the two have had no contact for over a year.