death penalty

8:48 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Delaware High Court Orders New Hearing in Death Penalty Case

Leslie Small, Mug Shot

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has ordered a new penalty hearing for a taxi driver sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of a 78-year-old Sussex County woman.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the court agreed that a prosecutor improperly suggested to jurors that Leslie Small was simply making excuses for his behavior at his penalty hearing in an effort to avoid the death penalty.

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11:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Delaware High Court Upholds Death Penalty For Derrick Powell

Officer Down Memorial Page

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.

10:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Attorneys for Convicted Killer Derrick Powell Try To Halt Execution

Lawyers for convicted killer Derrick Powell are fighting the death penalty imposed for the murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in 2009.

They suggested to the Delaware State Supreme Court that their client may not be the true killer.

The attorneys said that Powell may have just had the weapon on his lap and that the gun discharged during the collision that ended the police chase.

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12:15 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

State AG Asks Delaware High Court to Reinstate Death Sentence in Jermaine Wright Case

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The attorney general's office is asking the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling throwing out the conviction of a man sentenced to death for killing a Wilmington liquor store clerk in 1991.

Prosecutors argued Thursday that the judge erred in ruling that Jermaine Wright's confession to police was defective because he had not been properly advised of his rights against self-incrimination and to have an attorney appointed to represent him.

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12:24 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Federal Public Defenders Argue Convicted Killer Too Mentally Disabled for Death Penalty


     DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal public defenders trying to halt the execution of convicted Delaware killer Shannon Johnson say there is overwhelming evidence that he is mentally disabled and thus ineligible for execution.

     The public defenders made the assertion in a filing submitted to a federal appeals court in Philadelphia.

     The filing was in response to an appeal by state prosecutors of a federal district judge's decision Wednesday that halted Johnson's scheduled execution early Friday.

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