Trial in fatal stabbing at Dickinson Plantation set for October 2019

DOVER — A 26-year-old Dover man waived his right to a speedy trial and will now face a first-degree murder charge in Superior Court on Oct. 14, 2019.

Malcolm Casson is charged with the stabbing death of Thomas M. Bunting Jr., 36, of Milford, earlier this year.

Mr. Bunting was found unresponsive at John Dickinson Plantation Mansion House near Dover on the morning Feb. 20, and pronounced dead at the scene. According to police in court documents, Mr. Casson was taken into custody without incident later in the day in Harrington following a traffic violation involving Mr. Bunting’s vehicle.

Charges include first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony (a knife, according to court documents), and first-degree robbery.

Mr. Casson was indicted on June 4. He’s being held in the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction.

A trial was originally scheduled for June 10, 2019.

On Monday morning in Kent County Superior Court, Mr. Casson answered “Yes, your honor” several times when quizzed by Judge Noel Eason Primos about understanding the options he had and discussing them fully with his attorneys.

Deputy Attorney General Stephen R. Welch is prosecuting the case, with attorneys Robert A. Harpster and Cara M. McDonald representing Mr. Casson.

• A 36-year-old Georgetown man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder regarding a fatal shooting during an attempted robbery in August 2017, the Delaware Department of Justice said.

According to the DOJ, Ty’ron Lake, 19, of Bridgeville, was fatally wounded while exchanging gunshots with Preston Nailor during what authorities described as “a botched drug deal” in the area of Apple Tree Road in Bridgeville.

Nailor was immediately sentenced in Superior Court to 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation, the DOJ said. Completion of the KEY substance abuse program while Nailor is incarcerated was also ordered.

Deputy Attorneys General John Donahue and Amanda Nyman prosecuted the case. The chief investigating officer was Delaware State Police Detective Daniel Grassi.


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