LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) -- A 10-year-long Cass County murder investigation has come to an end. Kevin Sellers will spend the next 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his uncle.
In November of 2007, police responded to a call from Kevin Sellers that would launch them into a 10 year investigation. Sellers reported to police that he found his uncle dead in their home. He lived with his uncle and served as his caretaker.
While the coroner deemed it a suicide, investigators on the scene felt otherwise. According to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Noah Schafer, Sellers admitted under oath, that money and greed played a role in the murder.
“He was bleeding the victim dry and he realized that when the money ran out that it was going to come to light, and he was gonna be caught. Like kind of that greed of what he had done, and the fact that that was going to come to light was his motive to kill David,” said Schafer.
Last year, Sellers' name was one of thousands of names tipped to investigators in the Abigail Williams and Liberty German murder case in Delphi. He's not considered a suspect in that case, but during his interview, police said is when he confessed to murdering his uncle.
One of the conditions of his plea agreement was to give a full and truthful clean up statement, where he went into detail of the planning and execution of the murder. Sellers talked about how the crime ate at him for 10 years.
“When he plead guilty, he laid out the crime and the murder, then exactly how he did it. But then as a condition of that plea agreement, he went into even more detail with the detectives later on,” said Schafer. “In that statement to the detective later on, he acknowledged that he felt as though he was already serving a sentence for it and that he was relieved in a way to tell the truth about it,” added Shafer.
As David Sellers finds justice in his untimely death, the community is finding trust in their law enforcement.
A man who lives just outside of Logansport said he’s happy to see justice has been served.
“Something that people talk about to something that people finally, you know, have a little bit of resolution on is always a good thing,” He said.
A woman who recently moved to Logansport from Chicago said she seen many murders go unsolved, so this cold-case finishing with someone being charged for the crime they committed is good for the community.
“This community's been hit hard with fires and loss of life and, you know, this community is a close knit family,” She said.
A Logansport man said he hopes he sees the same justice in the murder case of Abigail Williams and Libby German of Delphi.
“It's like the case in Delphi, I certainly hope that they find the culprit. You know, if that would’ve been my family... that’d been my daughter… you know, I don’t know if I could deal with the pain of that or not,” He said.
Chief Deputy Schafer said the hard work put into solving this case can be a glimpse of hope, when tragedy like this strikes.
“I think it should be reassuring to all of us to know that cases grow cold but they're not forgotten, and detectives continue to work on cases and I hope that brings a measure of hope and comfort to people in Delphi as well,” said Schafer.
As for the Seller family, Schafer said it was mixed emotions in the courtroom during the sentencing.
“Generally speaking, they were very relieved, they were grateful, I think that the sentencing hearing was a positive cathartic thing for them to go through,” said Schafer. "[But] very painful, very difficult, and I think to some extent, reopened some old wounds but I received some very positive feedback from them afterwards and I think they’re happy to have some closure,” added Schafers.
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