Sellers is accused of raping and murdering Lillian Curtis on March 22, 1990 in Over-the-Rhine at 1213 Republic Street. Her badly beaten body was found on the 5th floor of the building and the coroner ruled her death a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. She also suffered serious lacerations to other parts of her body.
Sellers was also charged and in 1990 with rape and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Pauline Dunkman.
In 2002 the Cincinnati Police Department received information that there was a CODIS (Combined DNA Indexing System) hit on the Curtis case with DNA from Sellers. Information regarding DNA and CODIS hits was in its infancy in 2002 and, unfortunately, the police department failed to act on this information at that time.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office received the case in late 2010 and began an investigation which resulted in the indictment.
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In this 2012 file photo, comedian and activist Dick Gregory, from the upcoming documentary film "Soul Food Junkies," poses for a portrait during the PBS TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
The groundbreaking African-American comedian and civil rights activist has died, social media posts from his family report.