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8:14 am
Mon August 11, 2014

First Murder This Year in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Annapolis is reporting its first homicide of 2014.

Police say they responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Madison Street at around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. When officers arrived they found a man on the ground near a bench at the baseball field. The man had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Annapolis Police Department Sgt. Eric Crane says investigators are still trying to identify the victim. No arrests have been made.

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11:03 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Delaware High Court Upholds Death Sentence

James Cooke
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled Thursday that none of the claims raised by lawyers for 43-year-old James E. Cooke had a basis for overturning his 2012 conviction and sentence.

Cooke was convicted of the 2005 rape and killing of 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains, N.Y.

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8:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Convicted Killer Jackie Lovett Asks Pardon Board for Commutation


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware man convicted of a 1982 double murder is asking the state Board of Pardons to commute his life prison sentence.

Jackie R. Lovett was sentenced to life without probation or parole for the drug-related killings of Lori Todd and Richard Bull. He is scheduled to represent himself Thursday at a pardons board meeting in Dover.

The victims' bodies were found in a tributary of the Pocomoke River in Maryland.

The jury that convicted Lovett heard two conflicting accounts of the murders.

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9:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Bodies of Husband and Wife Found in Selbyville

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SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say troopers are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife found in the parking lot of a community clubhouse in Sussex County.

Troopers were called to the lot behind the Bayview Estates clubhouse in Selbyville early Monday for a report of two people lying on the ground. Police say troopers found 63-year-old Edwards Watkins Sr., and his wife, 53-year-old Robin Watkins. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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7:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Delaware High Court to Hear Appeal by Death Row Inmate

James E. Cooke Jr.
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the latest appeal by a death row inmate twice convicted of the 2005 rape and killing of a University of Delaware student.

The  court was to hear arguments Wednesday in the case of James Cooke Jr. The appeal raises several issues but centers on the conduct of a woman who did not answer a questionnaire truthfully before being seated on the jury that convicted Cooke in his 2012 retrial.

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8:54 am
Thu January 30, 2014

MD Lawmakers Urge Upping Murder Conviction Sentences

Senator Jame Brochin (D-Baltimore County)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two senators say 30 years in prison isn't long enough for someone who commits a ghastly murder. But right now, that's the maximum for defendants convicted of second-degree murder, according to Maryland law.

Sen. James Brochin told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that only six states cap their penalties as low as Maryland does. Thirty states and the federal government allow sentences of life in prison.

Brochin and Sen. Norman Stone want to raise the maximum to 40 years, which would mirror laws in Virginia and West Virginia.

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10:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Court Stay in Delaware Execution of Gary Ploof

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The execution of 49 year old Gary Ploof set for February 4th was stayed by a Delaware Superior Court judge last week while he appeals his conviction for killing his 29 year old wife in 2001.

WBOC reports that public defenders asked that the execution be delayed pending a federal habeas corpus appeal that was filed earlier this year.         

A divided Delaware State Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of the former Dover Air force Base sergeant.

Ploof was convicted of shooting his wife Heidi in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Dover.  

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8:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Woman Shot to Death in Selbyville


SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a woman has been shot in the head in Selbyville.

Troopers responding to a 911 call at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday found the victim sitting outside a car in front of a home on Hosier Street. She was flown to Christiana Medical Center, where police say she is in critical condition.

Troopers say an 18-year-old man has been taken into custody, but no one has been charged in the crime.

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9:23 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Kent County Community Shaken by Second Murder This Year

Tony Mozick

The small fishing town of Leipsic in Kent County is reeling from another brutal murder for the second time this year.

The missing remains of Dover resident 19 year old Taylor Owens was found partly burned in a small wooded area just behind a busy road.

Her 21 year old boyfriend Tony Mozick has been charged in the killing.

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9:28 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Judge Excludes Past Escapes in Unger Murder Case

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge has made rulings on evidence ahead of a new trial for a man convicted of the 1975 killing of an off-duty Hagerstown police officer.

Merle Unger is scheduled for trial in Talbot County in June after a judge granted a change of venue. Maryland's highest court ordered a new trial last year, citing a judge's flawed jury instructions.

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8:42 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Del. Mike McDermott Urges Doubling Sentence for Aiding a Murder

Delegate Mike McDermott (R-Worcester)

A measure sponsored by Delegate Mike McDermott would double the sentences of those who convicted of aiding a murder after the fact.

Under the legislation it would rise from 5 years to 10 years in either first or second degree murder convictions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the former County Sheriff’s deputy named the measure the Sheddy-Bennett Act after two Lower Shore homicide victims

An individual must have knowledge of a completed crime.

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