Delaware High Court Upholds Death Penalty For Derrick Powell

Aug 10, 2012

DOVER, Del. (AP) Delaware's highest court has unanimously upheld the conviction and death sentence of a man who killed a police officer in Georgetown in 2009.

Derrick Powell's lawyers had claimed that ordering him to be executed was a cruel punishment because other men involved in a vehicle pursuit that lead to Officer Chad Spicer's death received light sentences.

But on Thursday, justices on the Delaware Supreme Court disagreed.

Spicer was struck in the face by a single bullet as he sat in the passenger seat of a police cruiser following the pursuit of a car carrying Powell and two other men.