Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Indy man convicted in murder of girlfriend, obstruction

Indy man convicted in murder of girlfriend, obstruction
Posted: Jan 29, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From District Attorney Scott Perrilloux: LIVINGSTON---District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that a Livingston Parish jury found 39-year old Ollie Montrell Selders Jr., of Independence, LA, guilty of second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the shooting death of 28-year-old LaTisha Rheams.

On the morning of June 27, 2017, LPSO deputies responded to a 911 phone call at a residence on Selders Lane in Independence, LA, in reference to a female suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. The caller, Ollie Selders Jr., advised the dispatcher that he found his girlfriend lying on her back unresponsive and when he turned her over observed blood coming from her lower back.

During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Zachary Daniels explained to members of the jury the events surrounding Rheams’s death. The state called multiple witnesses to the stand that testified of Rheams’s and Selders’s 16 year relationship. The night before the shooting, Rheams called family members over to her Selders Lane residence to assist with packing and removing her belongings from the residence because she had intentions to leave Selders. Family members described her to be very irritable and upset after a heated argument between the couple. When family members arrived to the home, Rheams decided that she was not going to leave her home that night and would be in contact with them in the morning.

That following morning is when she was killed.

During Selder’s initial interview with LPSO detectives he stated that he entered into their home and observed smoke coming from a toaster oven and unplugged it. That’s when he noticed Rheams lying on the floor on her back beside the stove. Selders said he observed a 20 gauge shotgun lying about four feet from Rheams’s body. Selders stated that he took possession of the shotgun and hid it in the woods approximately 40 yards behind the residence because he panicked.

Based on police investigation and evidence collected at the crime scene detectives determined that Selders was not telling the truth about the incident. During additional questioning by LPSO, Selders gave numerous inconsistent statements about the incident. Days later Selders was later arrested on charges of second degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Formal sentencing for Ollie Selders Jr. is scheduled for February 14, 2019; Judge Robert H. Morrison will hand down the sentence.