Bordley found guilty of murder

DOVER — A 24-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder and three other felonies Wednesday morning for a shooting death at the Port Mahon fishing pier two years ago.

Daiquan T. Bordley, originally from Wilmington, was also found guilty of first-degree robbery, possession of the firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy and will be sentenced Oct. 24.

Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. returned the verdict during a session lasting just over 10 minutes in a packed courtroom including friends, family, attorneys, security and court personnel.

Dover resident Dontray Hendricks, 24, was found dead at the pier on March 30, 2016, and an autopsy determined he was shot in the chest at close range. During a four-day trial last week, three people testified that Bordley triggered the deadly shot after a short tussle with Mr. Hendricks during a staged robbery east of Little Creek and next to the Delaware Bay.

Afterward, Deputy Attorney General Lindsay A. Taylor (who prosecuted the case with DAG Alicia A. Porter) said, “Nothing can bring Dontray back to his family but hopefully the verdict today can give them some peace of mind and sense of justice.”

Defense attorney Andre’ M. Beauregard responded to a request for comment by saying “Disappointed” as he left the courtroom.

Earlier Wednesday, Zhyhee Y. Harmon was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two firearms-related counts connected to the case.

Harmon, who testified during Bordley’s trial, will serve a year of Level III probation for a second-degree conspiracy charge following release.

Before announcing the verdict just after 11 a.m., Judge Witham reviewed evidence at trial he said showed that Bordley, Harmon and Chelsea Braunskill planned to rob Hendricks at the pier and that the victim’s keys and shoes were taken as the defendants fled.

Two other people at the pier during the shooting – Harmon’s relative and Braunskill’s college roommate – were not charged, the Court said.

The judge described Bordley and Braunskill as drug dealing associates. When Braunskill sought protection, according to the judge’s review of evidence, Bordley bought a chrome Cobra .380 caliber handgun that she fired at least once for practice.

Braunskill’s hand was also photographed holding the gun and shown at trial, according to the Court. Bordley was known to keep the weapon in his vehicle, the judge said.

Mr. Hendricks was initially lured to the scene in a social setting to smoke marijuana with Braunskill, the judge said.

Braunskill, who testified at Bordley’s trial, was convicted earlier on a murder charge and sentenced to 20 years.

Daiquan T. Bordley

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