Corey guilty in brother’s murder

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ROMNEY — The four-day trial of David Corey ended quickly today when the jury took less than a half hour to convict him of first-degree murder.

Corey, 49, was found guilty of killing his brother Danny nearly 16 months ago in the house the man shared with their mother and David’s daughter at 136 S. High St. in Romney.

After the verdict, the jury voted against a recommendation of mercy, which would have made David Corey eligible for parole after 15 years. He is sentenced to life in prison.

Danny Corey was discovered on the floor of his second-floor bedroom bleeding from his chest at about 8:15 p.m. on the evening of Jan. 8, 2012. He was pronounced dead at Hampshire Memorial Hospital a short time later.

No murder weapon was ever found and the single bullet recovered was so damaged that its exact caliber could not be determined.

But Prosecutor Dan James, who inherited the case when he took office Jan. 1, methodically built a circumstantial case against David Corey. He introduced evidence to motives of jealousy and greed. He had witnesses who heard Corey vow to kill his brother. He showed that Corey owned a 30.06 rifle.

Corey’s court-appointed attorneys John Ours and Jonathan Brill based their defense on the lack of any physical evidence or witnesses connecting David Corey to the weapon or the crime scene at the time the shooting occurred.

Read next week’s Review for a complete wrap-up on the trial.

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