Westcott trial on attempted murder charges delayed

Qualeel Westcott

DOVER — The trial of a 22-year-old Ellendale man charged with attempted murder in an apartment shooting last year was delayed due to a police officer’s unavailability Monday.

Thus, the Superior Court case against Qualeel Westcott was rescheduled for Wednesday if no resolution is reached in the interim.

The matter was placed on a control status on April 3 to facilitate discussions between attorneys regarding a possible resolution.,

Two previous trial dates were postponed — Nov. 21, 2016 and Feb. 6, 2017.

According to Milford Police earlier, a person was critically injured during a shooting at the Brightway Commons Apartment Complex on May 11, 2016.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Westcott two days later and he was taken into custody.

Another person suffered minor injuries during the incident, authorities said.

Charges include first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (two counts), possession of firearm or ammunition by person prohibited, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangering, and aggravated menacing.

Mr. Westcott is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown.

Deputy Attorney General Stephen Welch is prosecuting the case, with attorney Edward Gill representing Mr. Westcott.

In January, Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. determined that Mr. Westcott’s statements to an investigating detective should be suppressed, and nullified evidence of a mobile phone located during execution of a search warrant.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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