Listing of Delaware Death Row Inmates

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Luis G. Cabrera
Offense: Murder 1st (2 Counts)
Date of offense:January 21, 1996
Date of sentence:March 14, 2002
Victims:Brandon Saunders
            Vaughn Rowe
Crime:
On January 21, 1996, a pedestrian discovered the bodies of Brandon Saundersand Vaughn Rowe in a wooded area of Rockford Park. The victims appeared to havebeen killed and then dragged to the location in the woods, where they were coveredin a maroon bed sheet. Both victims had been shot in the back of the head. Rowe had also been beaten.

James E. Cooke Jr.
On May 1, 2005, James E. Cooke, Jr., 34, broke into the apartment of University of Delaware student, Lindsey Bonistall, 20; he proceeded to rape and strangle her to death, then he put her body in the bathtub. In an attempt to throw off the police detectives, Cooke scrawled white-supremacist graffiti on the walls of Lindsey's apartment before setting it on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime. Cooke used a blue magic-marker to write "KKK" in several places near the front door of Lindsey Bonistall's Towne Court apartment, .
Update: Delaware Supreme Court Tossed Death Sentence 7/21/09.

Robert Gattis
Gattis was convicted in October 1992 of first degree murder in the shooting death of Shirley Y. Slay, 27, his former girlfriend. Gattis admitted shooting Slay once between the eyes on May 10, 1990 but said the gun went off accidentally.

Robert Jackson
Date of Offense: 04/03/1992
Sentenced to death in the murder of Elizabeth Girardi of Hockessin by repeatedly striking her with an ax during a theft.

Shannon Johnson
Sentenced to Death Sep 2008. According to police, Johnson's ex-girlfriend, Lakeish Truitt, was inside Cameron Hamlin's car Sept. 24, 2006, when Johnson pulled his minivan alongside and rolled down his window. The woman, who has a child with Johnson, rolled down her window and Johnson started asking about Hamlin.
Truitt told him Hamlin was her cousin, but Johnson continued to ask questions until he drew a handgun and fired three times. One of the shots hit Hamlin, who continued driving east in the 600 block of Vandever Avenue until he collapsed. He died at Christiana Hospital.
The following month, Johnson shot Truitt in the upper body as she was getting into a car. She survived.

Michael Manley
Victim..Kristopher Heath ("Heath"), Stevenson and Manley murdered Heath on the morning he was to testify against Stevenson for steling customers creidt card at Macy's Department store.

Adam Norcross
Date of Offense: 11/04/1996
Norcross and co-defendant Ralph E. Swan broke into the home of and shot to death Kenton resident Kenneth Warren on November 4, 1996.

Juan J. Ortiz
Date of offense:July 6, 2001
Date of sentence:September 26, 2003
Victim:Deborah Clay
Crime:
Deborah Clay... murdered July 6, 2001... she was shot with a shotgun, then her head was chopped off, and her house was burned down

Jack Outten
Date of Offense: 01/12/1992
Along with cousins Steven and Nelson Shelton, robbed and killed 64-year old Wilson Mannon after a night of drinking. Nelson Shelton was executed on March 17, 1995. Steven Shelton was also sentenced to death.

Gary  Ploof
Convicted Gary Ploof of Murder in the First Degree for killing his wife Heidi Ploof, and a Superior Court judge sentenced him to death.

Luis Reyes
Conviction and death sentence for the murders of Brandon Saunders and Vaughn Rowe

Steven Shelton
Date of Offense: 01/12/1992
Along with cousin Jack Outten and Nelson Shelton, robbed and killed 64-year old Wilson Mannon after a night of drinking. Nelson Shelton was executed on March 17, 1995. Steven Shelton was also sentenced to death.

Chauncy Starling
Sentenced to Death. On March 9, 2001 Starling walked into a barber shop and murdered Darnell Evans and 5 yeard old Damon Gist Jr

David Stevenson
Victim..Kristopher Heath ("Heath"), Stevenson and Manley murdered Heath on the morning he was to testify against Stevenson for steling customers creidt card at Macy's Department store.

Ralph Swan
Date of Offense: 11/04/1996
Swan and co-defendant Adam Norcross broke into the home of and shot to death Kenton resident Kenneth Warren on November 4, 1996.

Ambrose Sykes
Date of crime: November 7, 2004
Sykes was convicted of the rape and murder of retired teacher Virginia Trimnell.  He then placed her bound and gagged body in a suitcase in the trunk of her car, and drove her car around for a few days before police pulled him over.  Sykes escaped, and eluded police for more than 3 weeks before he was captured.

Emmett Taylor III
Emmett Taylor III, 47, will be executed by lethal injection for the 2007 murder of his fiancee days before they were to be wed, a Sussex County judge ruled Friday.
Taylor was convicted in November by a jury in the bludgeoning death of Stephanie V. Mumford, 44, of Millsboro. The same jury recommended the death penalty for Taylor with an 11-1 vote.
Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley concurred in a ruling Friday, according to a news release by Attorney General Beau Biden's office.
"Emmett Taylor's conviction and today's sentence ensures that justice for Stephanie Mumford will be served," Biden said in the release.
Mumford's body was found the night of Aug. 14, 2007, in the condominium she shared with Taylor at Fairfield at Long Neck, east of Millsboro.
Mumford's family got worried when the couple didn't show up for their wedding rehearsal and began to search for her.
Prosecutor Paula Ryan said Mumford was savagely beaten -- including being pushed down stairs and then later being dragged back up them.
"There was the use of a frying pan to strike her," Ryan said. "She was assaulted throughout the town house."
Sentenced to Death 3/12/10.

Milton Taylor
Convicted and Sentenced to death in the murder of his girlfriend, Theresa Williams.

Jermaine Wright
Sentenced to death for the murder of Philip Seifert, was working in the adjacent liquor store in 1991.
In addition to the Hi-Way Inn murder/robbery, Wright was a suspect in two random shootings under investigation by Wilmington police. One shooting, being investigated by Detective Robert Merrill, involved a young boy, Emil Watson, who had been shot in the foot while riding his bicycle. The other, being investigated by Detective Robert Moser, involved the shooting of a young girl in a nearby park. Merrill obtained a warrant to arrest Wright for the Watson shooting and a warrant to search Wright's residence for guns and ammunition.

Craig Zebroski
Date of Offense: 04/26/1996
Killed Joseph S. Hammond of New Castle, a 59-year old gas station attendant, during a botched robbery attempt in April 1996.

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