Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Md Man

Thursday, February 10, 2011 – Scott Wykoff and Associated Press
 
Jurors who convicted a Maryland man of murder in the shooting of a Georgetown police officer are returning to a Sussex County courtroom to hear testimony on whether he should be sentenced to death.

The jury on Tuesday convicted 23-year-old Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Md., of felony murder in the September 2009 shooting of 29-year-old patrolman Chad Spicer.

Jurors were to return Thursday morning for the start of the penalty phase of the trial, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty. The penalty phase is expected to last three or four days.

Spicer was fatally wounded as he sat in a police cruiser following a car chase.

The pursuit began after Powell shot at a drug dealer he was trying to rob.

 
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