Westcott trial delayed again

Qualeel Westcott

DOVER — For a second time this week the trial of a 22-year-old Ellendale man indicted for attempted murder was pushed back in Kent County Superior Court.

Proceedings involving Qualeel Westcott in connection with an alleged shooting in a Milford apartment complex last year are now slated to begin today at 9:30 a.m.

A jury was selected Wednesday around noon but the court’s afternoon scheduling didn’t allow time for opening statements.

Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. was scheduled to preside over a suppression hearing at 2 p.m. in a separate case and the jury for Mr. Westcott’s case was sent home until today.

On Monday, a police officer’s unavailability put the trial on hold for two days.

Mr. Westcott was charged with first-degree attempted murder after a man was shot at the Brightway Commons Apartment Complex on May 11, 2016, Milford Police said at the time. The wounded man was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Other charges include 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.

On April 3, the case was placed on control status to facilitate discussions between lawyers regarding a possible resolution.

Trial dates were earlier postponed on Nov. 21, 2016 and Feb. 6, 2017.

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.

Statements made by Mr. Westcott to an investigative detective were suppressed by the Court in January, along with a mobile phone located during execution of a search warrant.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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