Indictments issued by Superior Court grand jury

Malcolm A. Casson

DOVER — A Dover man was indicted this week on a first-degree murder count regarding a man found dead at the John Dickinson Plantation Mansion House on Feb. 20.

Malcolm Casson, 25 when arrested by Delaware State Police, was also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony (a knife, according to Superior Court documents) and first-degree robbery for allegedly taking 2016 Kia Optima and ATM card.

Authorities said Thomas M. Bunting Jr., 36, of Milford, was found unresponsive and suffering from multiple suspected stab wounds when troopers were called to the rear grounds of the plantation at approximately 7:26 a.m. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to police, Mr. Casson was taken into custody without incident during a traffic violation stop in Harrington. He was later held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, authorities said

David Austin

Indictments issued by a Superior Court grand jury Monday also included, among others:

• David Austin, of Dover, was indicted on 19 counts regarding separate alleged shooting incidents on April 13 and April 17, including six charges of first-degree reckless endangering.

Dover Police alleged the shootings occurred on Ann Avenue and the area of William and Pear streets. Mr. Austin, 23 at the time, was apprehended by Dover Police after allegedly attempting to flee on foot and tossing a loaded 9mm handgun as officers pursued, police said.

Other counts included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and criminal mischief for lest than $1,000 damage to a Ford Escape vehicle, documents said.

• Brentney J. Birkett, of Dover, was indicted on a receiving a stolen firearm count for an alleged incident on Feb. 21 at an apartment on Par Haven Drive, papers said. Other charges included second-degree conspiracy, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting the arrest attempt of a Dover Police detective.

• Iesha J. Brown, of Dover, was charged with first-degree robbery and two other alleged offenses regarding an incident at the DART Bus Station at 520 S. Queen Street in Dover on March 1.

Ms. Brown, 21 when arrested by Dover Police, was also charged with second-degree conspiracy and third-degree assault for allegedly punching a female several time in the head as a cell phone was stolen at approximately 10:03 a.m., documents said.

• James A. Dobbins, of Dover, Kiree A. Wise, of Newark, and John White, of Wilmington, were all indicted for alleged aggravated possession and second-degree conspiracy following a traffic stop by Smyrna Police that authorities said located 2,405 bags of heroin and suspected drug proceeds during a March 28 traffic stop.

Mr. Dobbins, 30 at the time of the alleged incident, was also charged with resisting arrest with force or violence, theft under $1,500 allegedly involving law enforcement equipment and third-degree escape.

Mr. White was 28 when arrested and Mr. Wise was 27.

• Daquan J. Giddens, of Dover, was indicted after an alleged incident on April 19 in the area of Old Forge Drive and Meadow Garden Lane in Dover. Authorities alleged that a loaded 9mm handgun reported stolen was found during a vehicle search.

Counts included carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a semi-automatic firearm by person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of firearm ammunition by person prohibited, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug dealing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, endangering the welfare of a child, no child restraint and illegal gang participation.

Police claimed Mr. Giddens, 21, was wanted on a probation violation at the time.

• Robert Harding, of Felton, was indicted on drug and weapon counts regarding a traffic stop on U.S. 13 on April 3. He was 24 when arrested, according to Delaware State Police.

Police alleged that a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun with 15 rounds was found in Mr. Harding’s waistband. Also allegedly found were 18.53 grams of crack cocaine, 4.38 grams of cocaine and 10 Ecstasy pills, authorities said.

Drug dealing charges resulted, along with aggravated possession, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without properly treated glass, according to documents.

• Alfred Terry, 35 when arrested on March 15, was charged with weapon and drug offenses, following a traffic stop in the area of Buckson Drive and Bacon Avenue in Dover, according to an indictment.

Dover Police alleged that 89.7 grams of marijuana and a loaded 9mm handgun reportedly stolen were found in the involved vehicle, according to papers.

Counts included drug dealing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, receiving a stolen firearm, possess, purchase, own or control a firearm or ammunition by person prohibited, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Mahdi Wilson, of Dover, was indicted on three counts of first-degree rape regarding an alleged home invasion at Woodcrest Apartments on Feb. 14. He was 25 when arrested, according to Dover Police.

Other charges included home invasion, first-degree robbery, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy and third-degree assault.

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