Pauls Valley Democrat
Tears, tissues and emotional hugs at times filled the courtroom as family and supporters of a murder defendant and his two victims waited for the sentence in a Pauls Valley double murder case.
Ultimately David Bryan Kelly, 20, was sentenced to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole for last December’s shooting murders of Karen Ott, 58, and her son Shawn Ott, 34, in their homes near Pauls Valley.
The sentence handed down Monday afternoon appeared to bring some sense of relief for many of the Ott family in the Garvin County District courtroom.
“We’re happy with the outcome,” said a solemn Joe Ott, still appearing to be mourning the loss of his wife and son.
Tearful testimony earlier came from two women as they spoke about the pain from losing their mother and brother in the shooting deaths.
Both Mary Dehart and Jennifer Dorman said they still feel anger when it comes to Kelly.
“I saw the bullet holes in Shawn’s trailer. I saw the blood,” Dehart said.
“You shot Shawn three times in the head. You shot mama. Mama and Shawn will haunt you forever. When you stand in front of Jesus you’ll be judged,” she said.
“You took my heart and soul. You deserve to die for what you did. I hope you rot in hell. Your hell will be prison. How dare you. That’s all I have to say.”
Dorman also read a prepared statement offering some of her thoughts about last year’s tragic loss of two family members.
“There isn’t a day that goes by I don’t ask, why, why, why,” Dorman said.
“He has no heart. He killed them in cold blood,” she said as Kelly stared down from the defense table while handcuffed and dressed in an orange inmate suit.
She went on to describe the last time she spoke with her mother and the pain she still feels with her gone.
“I feel his fate should be the same as my mother and brother, death,” Dorman said about Kelly. “He deserves death. Please don’t give him a chance to get out and do this to someone else’s family.
“I don’t want anyone to go through what we have. Please don’t let him out.”
Offering no comfort to the Ott family were the words of Kelly, who from the stand claimed to remember nothing about the murders since he was under the influence of alcohol, methamphetamine, marijuana and a kind of synthetic marijuana known as K-2 when the shootings occurred.
“I can’t really say why I did it. I don’t even remember picking up the gun. I don’t remember shooting anyone,” Kelly said.
“I’m sorry for everything I did; sorry to the family, sorry to everyone,” he said.
“I wish they were still alive. I wish none of this happened. I don’t know why I did it.”