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Man Accused of Morrow Co. Murder Claims Victim's Wife Ordered Killing
MT. GILEAD, Ohio (Tom Bosco) -- A major twist in the case of Morrow Co. man murdered in 2011 as the man who admitted to hitting him with a baseball bat said the victim's own wife ordered the killing. Cory Kelly made the accusation before he was sentenced in for voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
Kelly was dating the daughter of Joseph Rosella at the time Rosella was found dead in his garage. During the sentencing the prosecutor asked Kelly who else was involved. Kelly said he conspired with Deborah Wilson, the common-law wife of Rosella.
"I was asked to come over there and take care of him," Kelly said.
"Who said that to you?" asked Prosecutor Charles Howland.
"Deborah Wilson," answered Kelly.
Kelly later explained "take care of him" mean "kill him." He said she let him in to the locked garage where Rosella was.
A second man is in jail, charged with helping in the murder, but Kelly said Devon Strader had nothing to do with the killing and stayed outside the garage.
Kelly apologized to Rosella's family before learning his sentence.
"I didn't want for this to happen like this. It wasn't my intention," he said. "I'm truly sorry and I know you guys will never forgive me and that's your choice."
Kelly will spend the next 15 years in prison.
Wilson answered only "no comment" when asked for a response to Kelly's claim in court.
It waits to be seen if today's accusations lead to other charges against anyone else.