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City manager finishes 2nd in bid for MORPC post

December 10, 2012

If Joel E. Sellers grew marijuana in his apartment, prosecutors will not be allowed to mention it at Sellers’ upcoming murder trial, a judge has ruled.

In a succinct one-page ruling, Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett H. Krueger said: “No evidence apparently exists that the motive for the shooting was due to a dispute over the marijuana growing. No witness can attest this was the basis for the shooting.”

Assistant prosecutor Kyle Rohrer had argued Sellers, 24, shot and killed his roommate, George McArthur V, 24, on March 14 to help conceal his marijuana home-growing operation. Sellers was mad McArthur kept inviting people over, which made it more likely police would find out, Rohrer said.

Defense attorney John Cornely argued Sellers shot McArthur after a comparatively mundane confrontation over McArthur’s noisy, late-night house guests. Sellers was also concerned that McArthur’s friends had stolen an assault rifle and laptop computers from him.

Sellers has pleaded not guilty to a single murder charge, and remains in the Delaware County Jail. He is scheduled to face trial on September 12.