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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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    Collegecop_WA

    about 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Let justice be served on this POS, and soon!

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    onetime

    about 3 years ago

    1294 Comments

    The Judge got it right! lets hope they carry it out soon and not 18 yrs from now

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    farva106

    about 3 years ago

    408 Comments

    Send him here to Texas... We have an express lane for this types.

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    mericlejr

    about 3 years ago

    228 Comments

    Not soon enough....We still have to pay for him to live till justice is served ..

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Die Bitch!

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    Fredder

    about 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Spicer.

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    illofficer

    about 3 years ago

    116 Comments

    now lets see if its carried out,RIP

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    JimInCairns

    about 3 years ago

    218 Comments

    Let us hope that the wheels of justice run swiftly and put an end to this waste of oxygen.

    My thoughts are with Officer Spicer's family, friends, and his Brothers in Blue.

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    ExplorerFL835

    about 3 years ago

    370 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Spicer

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    OlympicJoy

    about 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Bravo. Rest in peace, Officer Spicer.

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    lemmonw

    about 3 years ago

    464 Comments

    GOOD! Waste of air.

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    Allen705

    about 3 years ago

    1466 Comments

    15 years and 10 appeals later, maybe it will happen.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Please! Sign a waiver of the appeal process and ask for a speedy and painful execution. Show us you would like to do the right thing, this time, Mr. POS!!!

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    rsironron

    about 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Don't waste any time, do it quick. Rest in Peace Officer Spicer.

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    kaalima

    about 3 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Justice has been served here, and I am glad !! The way of the transgressor is hard !!

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