Trial in fatal shooting at Towne Point Elementary postponed

DOVER — A murder trial involving an after-hours shooting death at Towne Point Elementary School last year was postponed until the fall on Thursday.

Defendant Rodney West, 53, of Dover, waived his right to a speedy trial in a morning office conference with attorneys and Superior Court Judge Noel Eason Primos. The opening date is now set for Oct. 28 instead of May 28.

Derrick Combs, 39, died from multiple gunshot wounds suffered late on the night of Aug. 28, 2018. Mr. West was leaving his custodian’s job just before 10 p.m. when confronted by Mr. Combs, Dover Police said at the time.

Charges included first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Mr. West is being held by the Delaware Department of Correction on a $408,000 bond.

Rodney G. West

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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