Delaware Prosecutors Consider Death Penalty in Prison Riot - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Women's March in Ocean City

    Women's March in Ocean City

    Jan 21, 2018 5:16 PM2018-01-21 22:16:00 GMT
    Sunday, January 21 2018 5:16 PM EST2018-01-21 22:16:28 GMT
    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City as part of the 2018 Women's March.More
    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City as part of the 2018 Women's March. More
  • Dover Kills Food Truck Program After Backlash

    Dover Kills Food Truck Program After Backlash

    Jan 19, 2018 6:34 PM2018-01-19 23:34:00 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-01-19 23:34:12 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- A program offering food trucks parking spaces on Loockerman Plaza for a monthly fee was cancelled in Dover after backlash from restaurants and local businesses, officials said. Assistant City Manager Kirby Hudson said the pilot program wasMore
    DOVER, Del. --- A program offering food trucks parking spaces on Loockerman Plaza for a monthly fee was cancelled in Dover after backlash from restaurants and local businesses, officials said. Assistant City Manager Kirby Hudson said the pilot program wasMore
  • Stolen Jewelry Found at Harrington Pawn Shop

    Stolen Jewelry Found at Harrington Pawn Shop

    Jan 19, 2018 5:03 PM2018-01-19 22:03:00 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 5:03 PM EST2018-01-19 22:03:57 GMT
    A Harrington man was arrested for selling stolen property.More
    A Harrington man was arrested for selling stolen property.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Women's March in Ocean City

    Women's March in Ocean City

    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City Sunday afternoon as part of the 2018 Women's March. The march was hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County. As WBOC's Caroline Coles reports, the theme of the march was the encouragement of women to vote and run for office on the Eastern Shore.

    More

    Hundreds of people gathered in Ocean City Sunday afternoon as part of the 2018 Women's March. The march was hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Worcester County. As WBOC's Caroline Coles reports, the theme of the march was the encouragement of women to vote and run for office on the Eastern Shore.

    More
  • Veteran Receives Free Home With "Notes of Love"

    Veteran Receives Free Home With "Notes of Love"

    MILTON, Del.- A New Jersey veteran and his family haven't moved yet to Sussex County, but they've already been welcomed home. Retired Army medic Sgt. Shaun O'Brien is receiving a free home in Milton as part of the national non-profit Operation Finally Hom

    More

    MILTON, Del.- A New Jersey veteran and his family haven't moved yet to Sussex County, but they've already been welcomed home. Retired Army medic Sgt. Shaun O'Brien is receiving a free home in Milton as part of the national non-profit Operation Finally Hom

    More
  • Salisbury Zoo Introduces Pinocchio the Bear to the Public

    Salisbury Zoo Introduces Pinocchio the Bear to the Public

    Today's the day many people along Delmarva's peninsula have waited months for. Pinocchio the Andean Bear made his debut at the Salisbury Zoo. And WBOC's Caroline Coles was there as Pinocchio adjusted to his new life here in Salisbury.

    More

    Today's the day many people along Delmarva's peninsula have waited months for. Pinocchio the Andean Bear made his debut at the Salisbury Zoo. And WBOC's Caroline Coles was there as Pinocchio adjusted to his new life here in Salisbury.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices