Keller sentenced in murder case

edwardkellerInyo County court has denied Edward Keller, jr. a new trial and has sentenced him to 16 years to life in the beating death of James Williams in a home on the Bishop Indian Reservation on Thanksgiving, 2009.

Keller was 17 at the time but treated as an adult in court. Testimony described the scene in 2009 as a drunken, violent night in a home on Barlow Lane. Sheriff’s Officers said that Keller confessed to killing Williams by striking him with a weight bar.

In April, a jury found Keller guilty of second degree murder. After that time, Keller’s public defender, attorney Tom Hardy, filed a motion for a new trial. At the time, Hardy had said that he was pursuing all leal options for his client.

The motion for a new trial was denied July 19th. The court sentenced Keller on July 21st. He received 15 years to life for second degree murder and an additional year for use of a deadly weapon in the commission of the murder.

Attorney Hardy added that he did file a notice of appeal for Keller on the day he was sentenced. Keller headed for the Wasco induction prison following his sentencing.

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25 Responses to Keller sentenced in murder case

  1. Big Rick August 8, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    You were and are Wayne, 100% correct on this one…”What a waste”.

  2. HH August 8, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    @ Charles James…actually, my post was much more “than to be annoying or to imply a sense of superiority- reducing your response to that of another person’s spelling on this forum.” If one reads the line of posts from beginning to end, you’ll see Wayne Deja’s very reasonable post and then J.H. coming back with “who are you to judge? As far as I’m concerned it’s people like you that ought to be locked up.”
    Really J.H.? Locked up for posting a reasonable position?
    My point being that if you ARE going to judge, at least get your spelling correct so you don’t give annoying little posters like myself something else to deride and belittle in addition to an obviously poor thought out post wherein J.H. says not to judge, but then does so.

    • Wayne Deja August 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Thanks,HH……Didn’t understand it myself when he said what he did….or to why J.H. wanted me put in prison for 16+years…..

      • Free advice April 19, 2013 at 8:59 am #

        Wayne –
        Judge not lest ye be judged.

        • Wayne Deja April 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

          Lat time I checked,I don’t have any murders weighing on my mind…

          • Tourbillon April 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

            No murders weighing on your mind, or modesty either. But why should someone who knows all the answers to all the issues pretend to be modest? You go, boy.

  3. HH August 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    @J.H. – I judge that you don’t know the difference between there, their, and they’re because you used it incorrectly TWICE

    • Charles James August 6, 2011 at 9:02 am #


      I’m sure that you are likely a nice person, but was there a point to, other than to be annoying or to imply a sense of superiority- reducing your response to that of another person’s spelling on this forum?

      Your last comment to J.H. on his “spelling” was clearly intended to belittle. It was petty and mean-spirited. Grammatical errors are not “life-threatening”; nor are they particularly interesting or compelling polemics. It would not have been a clever riposte even if found in a forum for grammarians.

      It was not difficult for readers of J.H.’s post to understand what he or she (I can’t tell based on initials) had written or intended. Most of us have made similar errors even using “Spell-check” and grammar software programs. Homophones (words that sound alike but have different spelling and meaning) are very common in the English language.

      The loss of a life and the ruination of another came about as the result of an all-too-common and lethal combination of alcohol, drugs, and the propensity for violence that comes from living in a culture that suffers from a lack of approprite ethical, moral, and behavioral standards.

      What can be said about a culture that appears to accept as “normal”, parties with drunk adults along with drunk underaged youth? Or a culture in which people willingly drink and drug themselves into a drunken stupor,even blackouts, as if it is some sort of accomplishment? What hope is there when all of this is combined with an inability to resolve personal conflicts which lead to violence…and in this case, even murder?

      There is a whole lot that can be said about this story without worrying about someone misspelling a word in the comment section.

    • Spellcheckers anonymous April 21, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      HH –
      Are you one of those that refers to themselves as conservatives?
      Just curious.
      Thanks in advance.

  4. J.H. August 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Wanye-I was born in the early 60’s and am raising a family with teenagers. They love there sports,school and music and have never been in a ounce of trouble in there life. I don’t believe you have a right to judge anyone but yourself.

    • Suevonne August 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      I’m quite pleased with the infromaoitn in this one. TY!

    • Bob April 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      We can believe what we want without being judged, but when we act on what we believe, we very well might be judged by twelve of or peers

      • Born Free April 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

        Then there are those of us so barbaric and wild and confident within our own skins that we could give a damn how others may judge us.

  5. Mo Money, Mo Money August 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    “At the time, Hardy had said that he was pursuing all leal options for his client.”

    Ahhhh…., this is all about billable hours. Hardy will fight this to Inyo County’s last dollar. Keller will become a cash cow that keeps on giving.

    • allen berrey August 5, 2011 at 6:43 am #

      that’s bunk pal; Tom Hardy is doing his job, and doing it very well; he’s an asset to the community and we should be thankful he’s here to assist in the adminstration of American justice in Inyo County. Thanks.

  6. Wayne Deja August 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    J.H.. Don’t know what planet your from,but anyone who says young people now are the same as they were back in the late 60’s and early 70’s wasn’t a young person back in the late 60’s or early 70’s.

  7. J.H. August 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Dear Wayne D. -who are you to judge? As far as I’m concerned it’s people like you that ought to be locked up. Youth are the same now as they were when you were young. Just not prejudged by fools that assume they know it all.

  8. Wayne Deja August 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    What a wasted life for a 17 year old,all due to violence brought on by alcohol,probably drugs,and this “gangsta” mentality so many young people seem to have nowdays.Hopefully a BIG lesson for all to learn from…If you got a beef with someone,leave the weapons at home.Once a weapon gets involved in a dispute,great bodily harm,or as in this case,worse,can happen in an instant.One young man’s life is gone….and another wasting away in prison for 16 years before he even goes before a parole board.

    • Victor McCovey April 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      If you guys actually knew Eddie you guys shouldn’t talk about him he didn’t mean to kill his own cousin maybe hurt him but not murder he is doing his time In there leave it at that,


      • Wayne Deja April 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

        He didn’t mean to kill his cousin ?…Oh,well,in that case,let’s let him out….if he didn’t mean to kill him by beating him to death with a weight bar…What did he think was gonna happen when he was swinging away….some type of video game where he would just get up and walk away ?

      • Mark April 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

        He clearly lacks control and should be locked up so the public doesn’t have to worry about him wanting to hurt someone and accidently killing them too.

        I’m a bigger asshole then my buddy Wayne

        • Wayne Deja April 20, 2013 at 8:58 am #

          Mark says it perfect with the above post….If this guy got so upset to end up killing his OWN cousin,what does that say for the safety of others NOT related to him ?..The 16+ year sentance in prison isn’t only for punishment,it’s also for the safety of the public.Like I said in my post almost 3 years ago,if you got a beef with someone,and feel you have to phsicially confront them,leave the weapons at home,cause things can go sideways real quick when weapons,anger,and alcohol are all combined in a confrantation.

      • Big Rick OBrien April 20, 2013 at 1:20 am #

        Man…imagine what he would do to someone that wasn’t related to him.

    • Trouble April 19, 2013 at 5:38 am #

      Wow Wayne- three years later and your still pissing people off. 🙂

      • Mark April 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

        Nothing wrong with that.. Wayne would probably make a good neighbor.


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