No weapon was ever recovered.
“I'm pleased that justice was served,” Gridley said. “It was a terrible, senseless killing, and it just goes to show what can happen when gangs are involved.”
Defense attorneys argued that nowhere in the note did Sellers admit killing Mornes, and said a physical description of the shooter provided by another witness did not match that of Sellers.
The key prosecution witness, they said, drank the equivalent of 28 beers the night of the fatal shooting and contradicted his testimony throughout the trial.
“Juries have the hardest job in a trial,” defense attorney Johnny Albert said. “We are going to appeal, and I believe Corey Sellers will be back in court with a new trial some day soon.”
In April, Deason declared a mistrial after jurors could not decide whether Sellers killed Mornes. That jury deliberated seven hours and was deadlocked 7-5.