GRAND final day murderer James Dean sentenced to 21 years


Who would have thought showing a neighbour a picture of your vagina piercing could lead to murder? Well that is what happened after Dean’s partner Shellee Cornwell showed her intimate shots to neighbour Anthony Morrison. Ensuing arguments took place which culminated in a punch up. Dean came off second best so what does he do? goes and gets a shotgun, his partner’s 9 yr old kid even tries to stop him, and goes outside and shoots Morrison in the head in front of his partner Shellee. Leaving behind six kids without their dad. It is amazing what someone will do in a fit of rage. But fair dinkum why was she showing fanny shots to a male neighbour in the first place?

The scene of the murder on AFL grand final night in 2008. James Dean shot his neighbour in the head

GRAND final day murderer James Dean was today sentenced to 21 years jail for gunning down his Whittington neighbour.

Supreme Court Justice Betty King branded Dean’s actions as an “obscene and appalling” crime..

“You were not shooting a duck, a bird or a rabbit; it was a human being,’’ she said.

Father-of-six Anthony Morrison died on September 27, 2008 after being shot in the head in front of his partner.

Ongoing tensions between the neighbours simmered for two years after Dean’s partner, Shellee Cornwell, showed Mr Morrison a photo of a piercing in her vagina.

Mr Morrison’s partner, Donna Ford, took offence and the friendship with Ms Cornwell broke down with several arguments following.

When Mr Morrison was walking home from a BBQ about 5.30pm, he made a comment about Dean’s hair and they got into a punch-up which ended with Dean being knocked to the ground.

Dean then went inside the home, got his .22 bolt-action firearm and loaded 10 rounds.

Ms Cornwell’s nine-year-old son tried to stop him getting the gun but Dean shot two bullets with one hitting Mr Morrison in the head.

After the shooting Dean tried to evade police by breaking into another neighbour’s home and climbed into a roof cavity through a manhole.

Dean protested his innocence until the 11th hour, changing his plea to guilty earlier this year after a jury had been impanelled to hear his case.

Dean must serve a minimum of 17 years before being eligible for parole.

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3 thoughts on “GRAND final day murderer James Dean sentenced to 21 years

  1. anthony was beatiful and caring and did not have a violent bone in him i am his sister and can not believe the effect this vilient man can eflict on so many people my family has changed so much without my eldest brother and if only one person reads this then thats one person that knows that my brother was and always will be the sweet brother that i admired and aspired and my life is weaker without him

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    • it did not start over fanny shots that never happend, it started 1 month after shellee moved in and mr morrisson had jumped 2 fences to assult her children which he did, so she called police to have him charged, then she had to get a restraining order on him and his girlfriend for the harrassing of her for callling police on anthony

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