A state appeals court panel is scheduled next month to hear an appeal filed on behalf of a man convicted of murdering a former Denver radio personality whose body was discovered in 2006 off the coast of Catalina Island.

A three-justice panel is set March 27 to hear arguments from attorneys in the case of Harvey Morrow, who was convicted in November 2011 of first-degree murder for Steven Bailey Williams' shooting death.

Jurors found true the special circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain.

The 59-year-old victim - who had been a disc jockey on the "Steven B. and The Hawk" morning show on the Denver radio station KBPI in the early 1980s - was shot once in the back of the head. He had been in the water for about two weeks when his body was discovered on May 18, 2006.

Morrow befriended Williams when he realized the former DJ was inheriting $2 million from his father's estate, with Williams agreeing to turn over the money to Morrow for investment, said prosecutor John McKinney.

The victim was killed after he began questioning Morrow about the money - nearly all of which had been spent on refurbishing a yacht Morrow bought in 2001 for about $150,000, McKinney said.

Morrow was sentenced in 2011 to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 25 years to life.

- City News Service