Ward murder trial to begin

DOVER — A jury was selected Monday for the trial of a 29-year-old Camden-Wyoming indicted for murder after a shooting death and alleged attempted robbery at a Dover apartment complex last year.

Raymond Ward is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree conspiracy and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony as proceedings begin with opening statements this morning at 10:30 in Kent County Superior Court.

Four persons, including Mr. Ward, were charged after 21-year-old Dequan Dukes was shot to death on June 27, 2017 at Pine Grove Apartments. According to Dover Police at the time, Mr. Dukes exchanged gunfire with Brett A. Scott, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the case late last month.

Authorities said Mr. Ward was arrested with a loaded .38 caliber handgun and arrested without incident in Magnolia on July 10, 2017. He was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 2, 2017.

Judge Jeffrey J. Clark will oversee the trial. Deputy Attorneys General Jason C. Cohee and Stephen E. Smith are prosecuting, with attorneys Thomas D. Donovan and Zachary A. George representing Mr. Ward.

Mr. Ward is being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Center in Wilmington.

Raymond Ward

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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