Court Denies Appeal In 2005 UDel Student Murder
DOVER, Del. (AP) ― The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Delaware prosecutors in the case of a college student's murder.
The justices on Monday rejected a petition from Attorney General Beau Biden's office challenging the Delaware Supreme Court's reversal of the conviction and death sentence of James Cooke Jr.
Cooke was sentenced to death for the 2005 rape and murder of University of White Delaware student Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains, N.Y.
But the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction, saying Cooke's right to a fair trial was violated because his lawyers, without his consent and despite his claims of innocence, sought a verdict of guilty but mentally ill.