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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.”

  • Img_0103_max50


    almost 3 years ago



    Bump' DonnaLynn..

  • 1410_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Good job Delaware Justice system. It should be like that all over the land.

  • Mardi_gras_cat_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    We need more judges like this one everywhere.
    Rest in peace, Officer Spicer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago

    Fantastic judgement.Unfortunately now begins the many years long appeals process.The tax payers will be forced to feed clothe and house this scum for years to come.Most of us will be dead from natural causes before this p.o.s. gets the needle.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    Don't kill a cop they are there to maintain order and peace, not to harm anyone.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    I am glad he got what he deserved.

  • Img_0048_max50


    almost 3 years ago

    584 Comments that part is over with...let's get on with it ......

  • Edit2_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    ....And that's the way it should be.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Oxygen thief....................

  • Me_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    GOOD! this should be automatic every time.

  • Ralphie_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    We need judges like that here in NYC

  • Batman_max600_1__max50


    almost 3 years ago


    He is keeping a brave face and concerned for his family.....He should of thought of them prior to pulling the trigger and killing an Law Enforcement Officer. I hope that justice will be quick and he will not spend to many more years breathing our air. Prayers to Officer Spicer's family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Well, now take him out behind the courthouse and put a bullet in the back of his skull and let the buzzards have him for all I care. Justice will be done.

  • 101_abn_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    GOOD! Kill a Cop=automatic death penalty-and no pleading down!

  • White_shirt_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Good call. Now the defendant gets to breath our air for the next 10 to 12 years while awaiting the "big Sleep".R.I.P. Officer Spicer.

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