Morales also faces murder charges for allegedly ordering the contract killing of his former right-hand man, Robert Long, shortly after Long decided to testify for the state in the pair's pending theft trials. Long was found shot to death on March 24, 2008. In 2010, Demetrius Smith was convicted of that murder based mostly on the testimony of Mark Bartlett, a compatriot of both Morales and Long. Bartlett has since died, and the state dropped the charges against Smith last summer shortly before the feds charged Morales. Smith remains in prison on other charges.