Suspect guilty of murder
Special to The Hays Daily News
OBERLIN -- A Decatur County jury found an Oberlin man guilty Wednesday of intentional second-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with the fatal shooting of another man and injury to a woman.
Jurors began deliberation Tuesday in the case against Dylan R. Coryell Jr., 25, who used a shotgun to fatally shoot Corey Cook, 22, in the face as Cook slept in the early morning hours Oct. 16, 2011. The gunshot also caused injury to Sarah Campbell, who was asleep near Cook.
Sentencing has been set for 10 a.m. June 17.
Cook, an Oberlin native, was a graduate of the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
The trial for Coryell, which was the county's first murder trial in more than a decade, lasted a week and a half.
On the opening day of evidence presentation, witnesses testified Coryell and two other men entered the rural Decatur County house where Cook was staying. The men, who had been drinking heavily, were angry with Cook after a text message exchange and were seeking a fight, according to testimony.
Everett Urban and Killian Dellere, who arrived at the house with Coryell, testified when they entered the house, they saw a shotgun leaning against a dining room wall. Urban said he and Coryell determined it was not loaded.
Urban testified after entering a bedroom and finding Cook and Campbell asleep, he began following Dellere out of the house but saw Coryell pick up the shotgun.
As Urban and Dellere left the house, they heard a shot, then Coryell ran out of the house. Urban testified he knew Campbell, who was dating Cook, also had begun seeing Coryell the week before the shooting.