Oklahoma City man convicted in 2009 gang member death

Corey Dean Sellers, 31, of Oklahoma City, was convicted Thursday in the 2009 death of Neiman Edward Mornes.
by Tim Willert Modified: September 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: September 27, 2012

The note also made reference to killing a key prosecution witness who later testified that Sellers asked him to hide a gun the night of the shootings and returned to retrieve it the next day.

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.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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