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Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

Associated Press

May 20, 2011

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Maryland man convicted of killing a Delaware police officer in 2009 was sentenced to death Friday by a judge who described him as a dangerous career criminal.

Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Md., hung his head but said nothing after Judge. T. Henley Graves imposed the death penalty for the September 2009 murder of Georgetown patrolman Chad Spicer.

Spicer was struck in the face by a single bullet as he sat in the passenger seat of a police cruiser following the pursuit of a car carrying Powell and two other men. The pursuit began after Powell shot at a drug dealer he was trying to rob in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, jurors were told.

Graves rejected defense arguments that Powell, 24, should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole because he was not the “worst of the worst,” but the product of an abusive and dysfunctional childhood home.

Graves said there was nothing in the evidence to suggest that Powell was taught to be “a career criminal” or “involved in a drug-selling, gun-carrying world.”

“The sad fact is that too many people are raised in dysfunctional families,” Graves said, adding that most do not devote themselves to a life of crime.

“Mr. Powell did what exactly what he wanted to do, regardless of the consequences,” said the judge, noting that Powell began selling drugs “at a very early age,” then turned to robbery and more violent crimes.

“He is explosive. He is violent. He is a dangerous person,” Graves said, adding that “there are consequences to decisions made in life.”

After reviewing all the evidence and the jury’s 7-5 recommendation that Powell be executed, Graves said he concluded that the aggravating circumstances favoring the death penalty outweighed the mitigating circumstances favoring life without parole.

“The sentence, therefore, must be death,” the judge said, as soft applause from the supporters of Spicer’s family mixed with sobbing from Powell’s mother and stepmother.

“Killing our brother is not going to bring him back,” a young woman shouted outside the courthouse as she got into an SUV with a Maryland license plate.

As they left the courthouse accompanied by Attorney General Beau Biden, Spicer’s parents, Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer, said simply that “justice was served.”

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    about 3 years ago

    Good riddance loser.
    Rest in peace Officer Spicer. Be there when he reaches the gates and lock him out.

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    about 3 years ago


    RIP Officer Spicer

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    about 3 years ago


    The sooner the better.

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    about 3 years ago


    The sad part is it took 3 years to sentence him. I think the death penalty should be in play for all individuals involved in murder in cold blood or murder at all. I am happy there is one less SCUMBAG in the US.

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    about 3 years ago


    Was justice served??........... Yes!

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    about 3 years ago


    There is always abuse as a child as a defense for a crime committed as an adult. He made a chose to commit an act and is responsible for that act.

    No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
    Theodore Roosevelt

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    about 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Officer Chad Spicer. May God bless and keep your family.

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    about 3 years ago


    I was raised in a dysfunctional and sometimes violent household as well; I am not a criminal but instead a I strive to be a good citizen and protector! Tired of the whining liberal excuses and the scum that defends these societal misfits, morons and monsters!!!

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    about 3 years ago


    Toast him. Ofc. Chad Spicer didn't get an appeal. RIP Ofc. Spicer

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    about 3 years ago


    Goodbye Suckah, I hope your burn in hell.

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    about 3 years ago


    Since Virginia borders Maryland, If they throw his ass in Ole Sparky, I'll run throughout my house and turn off all the lights and unplug everything just to give them extra juice. God Bless that jury...

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    about 3 years ago


    It is time for this lowlife to have his date with the needle.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    i agree with msjajelbee,they should have 1 year to do there appeals, then lights out.

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    about 3 years ago


    Yes, we do have to face the consequences of our actions, Mr. Powell. Unfortunately, the Spicer family and the rest of us will have to feed, clothe and shelter you until you exhaust ALL of your APPEALS.

  • Respect_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Thanks for a jury and a judge with some backbone.

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