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Judge Denies Cop Killer's Appeal, Mother of Victim Speaks Out

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Ruth Ann Spicer spoke with WBOC about the loss of her son, and the recent court decision on his killer (Source: WBOC) Ruth Ann Spicer spoke with WBOC about the loss of her son, and the recent court decision on his killer (Source: WBOC)
Derrick Powell was sentenced to death for killing Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer in 2009 (Source: WBOC) Derrick Powell was sentenced to death for killing Georgetown Police Officer Chad Spicer in 2009 (Source: WBOC)
Chad Spicer was killed on September 1, 2009 (Source: WBOC) Chad Spicer was killed on September 1, 2009 (Source: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - On Friday, a Sussex County judge rejected the post-conviction appeal of a killer sentenced to death for shooting a Delaware police officer. Now for the first time since this decision, the parents of the officer spoke with WBOC. 

Derrick Powell was previously given the death penalty for the 2009 killing of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, who was shot after a vehicle pursuit stemming from a botched drug robbery. In the aftermath of his death, thousands from across Delmarva came to his funeral in Georgetown. Now nearly seven years later, Ruth Ann Spicer, the officer's mother, said that each day since the killing has been painful for the family. 

"No parent should have to bury their children," said said. "That without a doubt is the most horrific pain that any parent can go through... But to be taken away by a gun - to be murdered - that's just something that really, really is a hard thing to live with every day."

In his appeal, Powell claimed among other things that his public defenders were ineffective, that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to the defense, that prison officials harassed him and interfered with access to his lawyers, and that he is the victim of a racist court system.

In an exhaustive, 178-page opinion issued last week, the judge who presided over Powell's trial said his claims on appeal had no merit. Powell's conviction and death sentence were previously upheld by the Delaware Supreme Court.

Ruth Ann said that each appeal was painful for the family because it opened up old wounds. 

"It brings it all back," she said. "Because you don't want to sit in that courtroom again and go through all those emotions and have to listen to the events of Sept. 1, 2009 to be brought up again." 

Spicer spent time working for the Delaware Department of Corrections, the Bridgeville Police Department, the Laurel Police Department and finally the Georgetown Police Department. His mother said that Chad loved giving back to the community. 

"Chad was just a joyful and loving person to be in your family," she said. "To be your friend. To be with you at any time. And to not have him with us, we just go through an emotional withdrawal every day. We are just very lost without him." 

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