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Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

Cop Killer Sentenced to Death

Associated Press

May 20, 2011

Defense attorney Stephanie Tsantes said she hoped that the Delaware Supreme Court, on appeal, would find a reason to overturn Powell’s death sentence.

“The fight is not over; it’s just beginning,” Tsantes said after meeting with Powell following the sentencing.

“He’s keeping a brave face…. I think his concern is for his family,” she said.

Powell, who also was sentenced to 82 years in prison for attempted robbery and other crimes linked to Spicer’s death, joins 18 other inmates awaiting execution in Delaware. The state’s last execution was in 2005

Georgetown police chief William Topping said Spicer’s death has had a profound effect on the community and the police department, and that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for Powell.

“He has no redeeming qualities, and he has no business out here in society,” Topping said.

Police officer Shawn Brittingham, who was patrolling with Spicer on the night he was killed and driving the police cruiser that pursued Powell and the other robbery suspects, declined to comment but smiled and embraced well-wishers after the sentencing.

Defense attorneys suggested at trial that another man riding with Powell in the back seat of the car being pursued by police had fired the shot that killed Spicer. They noted that while both Powell and the other man, Luis Flores, had gunshot residue on their hands, Powell had no gunshot residue on his shirt and Flores appeared to be the major contributor of DNA on the weapon’s trigger.

Powell’s lawyers also argued that Powell was brain-damaged from the abuse he suffered as a child, presenting evidence and testimony about physical and verbal abuse by his parents and grandparents, chronic behavioral problems and violent outbursts in grade school, and diagnosed mental disorders.

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    Anonymous

    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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    djs2v

    about 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Officer Spicer

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    Gombino

    about 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    The sooner the better.

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    jseigfried

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    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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    Quintero

    about 3 years ago

    230 Comments

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

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    HDSB191

    about 3 years ago

    750 Comments

    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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    Kamarie

    about 3 years ago

    76 Comments

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

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    95Zcar

    about 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    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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    MitchN60

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

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

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    Mongo1

    about 3 years ago

    346 Comments

    Goodbye Suckah, I hope your burn in hell.

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    tactman702

    about 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    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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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

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

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    granny1

    about 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

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

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    msjayelbee

    about 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    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.

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    oldtimer322

    about 3 years ago

    360 Comments

    Thanks for a jury and a judge with some backbone.

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