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Trial Delay for Death Row Inmate Charged With Prison Assault

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The trial of a Delaware death row inmate charged with assaulting a prison guard has been postponed while he gets a new attorney.
    
The trial of Derrick Powell was scheduled to start this week but has been postponed indefinitely.
    
Powell, charged with assault in a detention facility, was sentenced to death for the Sept. 1, 2009 killing of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer. Spicer was shot in the face after a vehicle pursuit stemming from a botched drug robbery.
    
An indictment accuses Powell of throwing urine, feces, or other bodily fluid at the guard last year.
    
While facing the assault charge, Powell is seeking a retrial in the Spicer murder case. His lawyers claim among other things that Powell was mistreated by prison guards while awaiting trial, affecting his ability to participate in his defense.

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