2011 News Releases

Attorney General Schmidt files murder charges in Decatur County

Release Date: Oct 18, 2011

OBERLIN – (October 18, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today filed first-degree murder charges against a Decatur County man in connection with the death of another man in the county last weekend.

Dylan Robert Coryell, Jr., age 24, of Oberlin, was charged with first-degree premeditated murder and an alternative count of first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of Corey Ryan Cook, age 22, also of Oberlin. Coryell was also charged with aggravated battery and aggravated burglary.

Upon the request of Decatur County Attorney Steven Hirsch, the Attorney General’s Office will prosecute the case. Nicole Romine, assistant attorney general posted in Goodland, will lead the prosecution team. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation worked with local law enforcement officers from the Oberlin Police Department and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

Coryell was arrested on Sunday, October 16, and now is in custody of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Bond has been set at $500,000 cash or surety.

All media inquiries should be directed to the Attorney General’s Office.

Coryell is presumed innocent unless and until the allegations against him are proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 28 at 1:30 p.m.

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