Two Kent murder trials set this month

Darren C. Weiford

DOVER — Two Kent County murder trials are scheduled for later this month, including one involving a shooting death at a Dover motel just over a year ago.

Dover resident Darren C. Weiford, 22, was indicted after a woman was found dead in a First State Inn Motel room on June 1, 2017. Dover Police said at the time that Amber Buckler, 20, of the Dover area, was found deceased with a single gunshot to the upper body.

Mr. Weiford’s Superior Court jury trial is scheduled to commence next Monday at 9 a.m. in the Kent County Courthouse.

Authorities said the incident was possibly domestic related, and Mr. Weiford was taken into custody without incident at the motel at 1760 N. DuPont Highway. He was indicted on October 2, 2017, and held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna after a $1,118,000 cash bail was issued.

Charges include first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey J. Clark will oversee the trial. Deputy Attorney General Dennis Kelleher will prosecute the case, while attorney James E. Liguori is representing Mr. Weiford.

Brett A. Scott

On July 23, a jury trial is scheduled for Felton resident Brett A. Scott, 26, accused in a shooting death and alleged attempted robbery at Pine Grove Apartments in Dover on June 27, Dover Police said Mr. Scott was injured while exchanging gunfire with Dequan Dukes, who was also struck and died from his wounds.

Charges include first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree conspiracy. Mr. Scott was arrested on June 29, 2017 and indicted on Oct. 2, 2017.

Court records indicated Mr. Scott was held at JTVCC. A cash bail of $302,500 was listed.

Judge Clark was assigned to the trial. Deputy Attorney General Jason C. Cohee will prosecute the case, with attorney Patrick J. Collins representing the defendant.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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