Murder indictment handed down following 7-year probe


DOVER — A long-running investigation culminated in a first-degree murder indictment last month in connection with a 2009 shooting death in Dover, according to authorities and court papers.

Larry Pierce, now 33, was charged in the death of Magnolia resident Josue Barclay, 23 when shot, on the morning of April 18, 2009, in front of 17 S. Governors Avenue.

Larry Pierce, pictured in 2009, has been indicted for the shooting death of a Magnolia man in Dover on April 18, 2009. (Submitted photo/Dover PD)

Larry Pierce, pictured in 2009, has been indicted for the shooting death of a Magnolia man in Dover on April 18, 2009. (Submitted photo/Dover PD)

Mr. Barclay was found unresponsive and laying on the ground after a gunshot wound to the back of the head. He had been shot between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., police said.

Dover Police Department described Mr. Barclay’s death as murder at the time, but identified no suspect and asked for the public’s help in providing information.

On April 26, 2009, Mr. Pierce was arrested after a traffic stop at 1435 N. DuPont Highway in which two loaded handguns were thrown and recovered during a foot chase involving officers, a driver and two passengers.

According to the Delaware Department of Justice this week, investigation found that casings from the shooting allegedly matched a gun recovered during the traffic stop.

There was not enough evidence at the time to bring a charge in the shooting, however, the DOJ said.

Mr. Pierce was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon by person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, second-degree conspiracy and resisting arrest after the traffic incident.

Police issued a news release on Jan. 31, 2012, seeking the public’s assistance in the case.

Continued investigation by Dover Police for approximately seven years uncovered enough evidence to seek an indictment in the murder case, the DOJ said.

According to the DOJ, Mr. Pierce is currently in federal custody serving a combined 210 months for felony bank robbery convictions in Nevada and Delaware, beginning on Nov. 20, 2014.

He is being held in United States Penitentiary Lee in Pennington Gap, Va., officials said.

An extradition process to face Delaware charges is pending, the DOJ said.

If returned, Mr. Pierce would be held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, according to officials.

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