Delaware judge rejects new bail hearing in barbershop killings

Chauncey Starling was sentenced to death for two deaths at a Wilmington barbershop in 2001

Chauncey Starling was sentenced to death for two deaths at a Wilmington barbershop in 2001

A Delaware judge has denied a new bail hearing for a former death-row inmate charged with killing a man and a young boy at a Wilmington barbershop in 2001.

 

Chauncey Starling was sentenced to death for the killings of 5-year-old Damon Gist and 28-year-old Darnell Evans at the Made 4 Men barbershop.

Delaware’s Supreme Court ruled in December that Starling was entitled to a new trial because of his defense attorney’s mistakes and prosecutors’ failure to disclose information about the state’s key witness.

Following that ruling, Starling’s attorneys sought a new hearing to determine whether he is eligible for bail while awaiting a re-trial.

A judge this week rejected the request, saying a 2002 court ruling that Starling was not entitled to bail remains the law of the case.

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