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Delaware Prosecutors Consider Death Penalty in Prison Riot

Posted: 11/09/2017 13:09:00 -05:00 Updated:
The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Photo: WBOC) The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Prosecutors in Delaware are holding out the possibility of seeking the death penalty against several inmates charged in connection with a deadly prison uprising, even though the state does not currently allow capital punishment.

Eighteen prisoners have been indicted for their alleged roles in the February riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Sixteen, including some already serving time for murder, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of corrections officer Lt. Steven Floyd.

In a court filing last week, prosecutors informed the presiding judge that if lawmakers vote to reinstate the death penalty, prosecutors reserve the right to try to apply it to the defendants in the prison riot.

Delaware's Supreme Court declared the state's death penalty law unconstitutional last year because it allowed judges too much discretion.

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