Jury picked in Cale murder trial

 

DOVER — The murder trial of two Maryland men accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Javan Cale in Dover early last year began Monday with jury selection in Kent County Superior Court.

Opening statements are scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

Worton residents Guy E. Jones, 28, and Depaul Wilson, 37, are charged with first-degree murder and other felonies after Mr. Cale died from wounds suffered at Clearfield Apartments on Jan. 10, 2017, according to Dover Police at the time.

Both defendants were arrested on Feb. 14, 2017, and indicted on June 5, 2017, after extradition from Maryland.

Other charges include first-degree attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm or ammunition by person prohibited and second-degree conspiracy.

Court records indicated Mr. Jones is being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Center in Wilmington, and Mr. Jones is in custody at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

Deputy Attorneys General Stephen R. Welch Jr. and Sean Motoyoshi are prosecuting for the state. Attorneys Suzanne E. MacPherson-Johnson and Patrick J. Collins are defending Mr. Jones and Mr. Williams, respectively. Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. is overseeing the case.

Authorities said at the time that the late Mr. Cale was shot multiple times in the torso inside an apartment at the complex at 120 Haman Drive at approximately 7:40 p.m. The suspects were initially unknown, police said, and gunfire was exchanged with with Mr. Cale, who discharged multiple rounds.

The suspects fled from the building, Dover Police said, and no further description was immediately available. Mr. Cale was transported to Bayheath-Kent General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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