Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:52pm
Del SupCo upholds death sentence in Georgetown cop killing
Updated Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 5:12pm
The state's highest court upholds the death sentence for a Maryland man, convicted of murdering Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in 2009.
Derrick Powell had claimed legal flaws in the police investigation and at trial tainted his conviction. He also argued his death sentence is unconstitutional and unfair compared to sentences handed down in similar cases.
Patrolman Chad Spicer was shot in a police cruiser engaged in a vehicle pursuit with Powell and two other men. Authorities say the pursuit began after Powell shot at a drug dealer he was trying to rob outside a fast food restaurant.
Powell was sentenced to death last year.
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