Date set in murder trial of former Capital district custodian

Rodney G. West

DOVER — A 54-year-old man’s murder trial regarding a shooting death at Towne Point Elementary School last year is scheduled for May 28.

Rodney West, of Dover, was a Capital School District custodian when approached by 39-year-old Derrick Combs as he left work just before 10 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2018, police said; Mr. Combs suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Shortly afterward, Mr. West was located by U.S. Marshals in Montgomery County, Maryland, and extradited to Delaware. He’s currently being held by the Delaware Department of Correction on a $408,000 bond.

Charges include first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

An office conference with Kent County Superior Court Judge Noel Eason Primos is scheduled for May 16. Mr. West was indicted on Dec. 19, 2018.

Deputy Attorneys General Gregory R. Babowal and Sean A. Motoyoshi are prosecuting the case and attorney Joseph A. Hurley is defending Mr. West.

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