Maryland men convicted of 2017 Dover murder

 

DOVER — A Kent County jury deliberated about five hours Thursday before returning guilty verdicts for two Maryland men charged with murder following an alleged drug deal shootout in west Dover last year.

Lifelong Worton residents DePaul Wilson, 37, and Guy E. Jones, 28, were convicted in the shooting death of Javan Cale, 31, at his Clearfield Apartments residence on Jan. 10, 2017. The Superior Court decision was announced at 2 p.m. to conclude a trial that opened April 17.

Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. ordered a pre-sentence investigation on both defendants at the prosecution’s request and a sentencing date was set for Aug. 29.

Convicted charges included felony first-degree murder and second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Bail was revoked for both men, who were being held by the Delaware Department of Correction.

DePaul Wilson

Deputy Attorney General Stephen R. Welch Jr, who prosecuted the case with DAG Sean Motoyoshi, cited pending sentencing and declined to comment on the verdict. Mr. Cale’s family was not immediately available for comment.

Attorneys Patrick J. Collins and Suzanne MacPherson-Johnson represented Jones and Wilson, described during the trial as cousins who lived as close neighbors in a rural area of Kent County, Maryland.

According to his attorney, Wilson was reportedly “very distraught and unable to return” to the courtroom as the judge called the jurors back to thank them for their service and addressed final issues following the verdict.

During trial, the prosecution presented a case that showed the late Mr. Cale supposedly discharging his own weapon at the two defendants who were wounded multiple times. A firearm believed used by Mr. Cale was located in the apartment at 120 Haman Drive, according to police testimony, and investigators did not locate a gun they believed was fired by the assailants.

Guy E. Jones

Family members for both victim and defendants, along with court personnel and legal staff packed the second-floor room as the verdict was returned.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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