Jury selection begins in Dover murder trial

Rodney West

DOVER — The murder trial of a 54-year-old Dover man connected to an after-hours shooting at a school last year is set for jury selection this morning.

Rodney West fatally shot a man when confronted on Aug. 28, 2019 just after his custodial work shift ended at Towne Point Elementary School, and claimed self defense when rejecting a manslaughter plea offer earlier this month.

Derrick Combs, 28, was found dead from gunshot wounds by Dover Police arriving to the school at 629 Buckson Drive; Mr. West was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Sept. 4, 2018 in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Dover Police said Mr. West and Mr. Combs knew each other at the time of the alleged incident.

Mr. West is also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Deputy Attorneys General Gregory R. Babowal and Sean A. Motoyoshi are prosecuting the case, with attorney Joseph A. Hurley representing Mr. West. Superior Court Judge Noel Eason Primos will oversee the proceedings.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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