Closing arguments today in Dover murder trial

Guy E. Jones

DePaul Wilson

DOVER — Closing arguments are scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the Superior Court murder trial of two Maryland men accused in the shooting death of an alleged Dover drug dealer at his apartment last year.

After the prosecution rested its case against Worton residents Guy E. Jones, 28, and DePaul Wilson, 37, early Tuesday afternoon, the defendants opted not to testify about the alleged sequence of events that left Javan Cale suffering fatal gunshot wounds at Clearfield Apartments on Jan. 10, 2017. Both men pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other felony offenses.

The men answered “Yes your honor,” “Yes” and “Yes sir” several times when asked by Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. if they fully understood their decision not to testify.

On Tuesday, prosecutors presented three medical professionals who described Mr. Cale’s cause of death through an autopsy and wounds suffered by Mr. Wilson and Mr. Jones resulting from what police described as an exchange of gunfire preceded by an arranged marijuana deal.

A Division of Forensic Science Chief Medical Examiner who examined Mr. Cale the day after his death said he suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen, causing injuries to his heart and a lung that both could have been fatal.

A physician’s assistant testified that Mr. Jones apparently sustained wounds, and was injured in both thighs, his abdomen and a shoulder, which were discovered during examinations at the Kent County Detention Center in Maryland on Jan. 12, and Jan. 16.

A Christiana Care Registered Nurse recounted examining Mr. Wilson visually on Jan. 10, and charting eight visible wounds to his back, knee and thigh. Mr. Wilson declined her services, she said, and described his pain level at the time as a “10 out of 10, with 10 being the highest amount of pain.”

The defendants were later arrested at their neighboring homes in Worton and later transferred to the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction.

Indicted charges included two counts each of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and single counts of first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree conspiracy and possession of firearm or ammunition by person prohibited.

Attorneys Suzanne Macpherson-Johnson and Patrick J. Collins represented Mr. Jones and Mr. Wilson. Deputy Attorneys General Sean Motoyoshi and Stephen R. Welch prosecuted the case.

Early in the trial last week, the prosecution described the defendants as reportedly cousins.

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