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Millionaire faces charge of killing estranged wife.

A millionaire architect was charged yesterday with the murder of his estranged wife.

Michael Jonathan Morton (66) will face court today accused of killing Gracia Morton, whose two sisters are married to members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, six years ago.

Argentinian-born Mrs Morton, aged 40, vanished after leaving her home in Kensington, west London, on November 12, 1997 to take her daughter to nursery school. Her body was never found.

Morton, of St Anne's Road, Notting Hill, west London, was arrested on June 18 this year and answered bail at Hammersmith police station yesterday.

He was charged with murder and will appear in custody at West London Magistrates' Court today.

Argentinian-born Mrs Morton, a professional violinist and parttime as a counsellor for the Stroke Association, disappeared after dropping their four-year old daughter Celeste off at school.

Her passport was still in her pounds 450,000 flat at Iverna Court, Kensington, and her bank account, which contained about pounds 250,000, was untouched.

Her disappearance led to pleas from her sister, Constanza Lezama -the wife of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra leader Peter Thomas.

Mrs Morton kept in close contact with Mrs Lezama and her other sister, Mrs Maria Luz.

At the time of Mrs Morton's disappearance, she was in the middle of divorce proceedings.


Michael Jonathan Morton, who is accused of killing wife Gracia
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Date:Oct 21, 2003
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