Trial postponed for defendant accused of murder at Port Mahon

DOVER — A 23-year-old Smyrna man’s murder trial has been postponed until early next year at the prosecution’s request.

Daiquan T. Bordley was indicted for first-degree murder after a 23-year-old Dover man was shot and killed at the Port Mahon fishing pier on March 30, 2016.

His trial is now scheduled for Feb. 19, in Kent County Superior Court.

Other charges against Mr. Bordley, who entered not guilty pleas, include first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. He is currently being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

The trial was scheduled to begin Nov. 27, which was continued from an earlier start date of Aug. 14. On Aug. 4 he waived the right to a speedy trial.

Dontray Hendricks was found unresponsive and with a gunshot wound to the upper torso by arriving Kent County paramedics who pronounced him dead.

Two defendants earlier pleaded guilty to offenses connected to the alleged incident and will be sentenced by Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. on Dec. 13.

Chelsea Braunskill, 20, of Camden-Wyoming, was convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy charges and is facing 15 years to life in prison.

Zhyhee Y. Harmon, 23, of Dover, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm by person prohibited and second-degree conspiracy in connection with the case.

He will receive at least 10 years and possibly 18 years in prison.

Police alleged that the late Mr. Hendricks accompanied Ms. Braunskill to the pier to smoke marijuana, and he was confronted by three males upon arriving.

Delaware State Police troopers took Mr. Bordley into custody without incident in the Chestnut Street area of Smyrna area April 29, 2016. He was indicted on July 5, 2016.

Deputy Attorneys’ General Jason Cohee and Lindsay Taylor are prosecuting the case, with Andre’ Beauregard representing Mr. Bordley.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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