Death sentence in killing of Del. police officer

    A Maryland man has been sentenced to death in the 2009 shooting of a Georgetown police officer.

    A Sussex County judge sentenced Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Md., at a hearing this morning. Powell could have received life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of patrolman Chad Spicer, but the jury that convicted him recommended by a 7-5 vote that he be executed. And today a judge agreed with the recommendation.

    Powell’s attorneys filed a motion to block the death penalty, citing the jury’s narrow split and the fact that he was convicted on only one of two counts of first-degree murder.

    WHYY’s Mark Fowser was in Georgetown for the ruling, and we’ll have his report for you later today.

    In the mean time, Delaware Online has an informative timeline slideshow of the events–check it out if only for its very ‘new media’ approach to reporting sequential news.

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