A second jury convicted an Oklahoma City man Thursday of killing a rival gang member over drugs and territory more than five months after a judge declared a mistrial in the case.
Jurors deliberated for about three hours before finding Corey Dean Sellers, 31, guilty of first-degree murder in the Feb. 26, 2009, shooting death of Neiman Edward Mornes, 21.
Mornes' body was found outside the Summerscape Apartments, 3400 SE 44. Witnesses, including a woman who testified about being shot at, said they heard him arguing with two black males shortly before he was gunned down.
The jury recommended life in prison with the possibility of parole for Sellers, who will be sentenced Oct. 24 by Oklahoma County District Judge Donald L. Deason.
Sellers was acquitted of shooting at a friend of the victim as she drove away after the fatal shooting. He was convicted on a gun possession charge and faces an additional three years in prison.
Prosecutors alleged that Sellers, a high-level member of the Playboy Crips, targeted Mornes, a Sunnyside Bloods member, because he was selling drugs on Playboy turf.
A note written by Sellers while in custody, in which he directs his gang subordinates to lie for him in court, was the key piece of evidence against him, Assistant District Attorney Dan Gridley said.