Inmate details murder confession from cellmate

Cellmate said Latray 'Pooh' Whitley admits expressway ambush

SAN ANTONIO - A man who shared federal prison space with Latray “Pooh” Whitley testified that Whitley admitted that he shot Corey ”Gumby” Cumby to death.

Cumby was shot to death by shots fired from another car as he drove along I-35 near Walzem Road in November 2009.

Reginald Green was called as a state’s witness during Whitley’s murder trial on Thursday.

He denied that he was given any special consideration in prison in exchange for his testimony.

Green said that Whitley, though not bragging, was candid about the shooting.

“Corey did what he did, so he got what he deserved,” Green testified that Whitley told him while they were in federal prison.

Both men were in prison on charges not related to Cumby’s murder.

“He said he was sitting in the back seat at that time when they got side-by-side each other, he stuck the gun out the window and shot five (or) six times,” Green said Whitley told him.

Green said Whitley said the shooting was the result of a bad business deal.

“He said Corey had sold his brother some rims with counterfeit money -- bought the rims -- bought them with counterfeit money,” Green testified.

Whitley’s lawyers say that Green is not to be believed and that prosecutors have charged the wrong man with Cumby’s murder.

Testimony will continue on Friday in Judge Maria Teresa Herr’s 186th District Court.

If he is convicted of murder, Whitley is facing a maximum prison sentence of life in prison.

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