Inmate claims responsibility for planning prison riot

WILMINGTON — In a surprise twist Tuesday, one of the 18 inmates charged with perpetrating the deadly prison riot on Feb. 1, 2017, testified that he facilitated the entire uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. “This is me taking responsibility for the uprising — owning it,” Dwayne Staats said on the witness stand. On […]

Autopsy report: Floyd may have lived if rescued sooner

WILMINGTON — Almost two years after his death during the Vaughn prison riot, Lt. Steven Floyd’s autopsy report was revealed. On Thursday Dr. Gary Collins, the chief medical examiner responsible for the autopsy, testified in the ongoing criminal trial that will decide the fate of the 18 inmates charged with perpetrating the riot. He informed […]

Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

WASHINGTON — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday. The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court police to take her to George Washington University Hospital in Washington […]

More inmate witnesses testify about prison riot defendants’ actions

WILMINGTON — Apparent contradictory statements were part of the testimony Friday as the Vaughn prison insurrection murder trial concluded its second week. Two inmates called by the prosecution identified defendants Jarreau Ayers and Dwayne Staats and their alleged actions during a revolt on Feb. 1-2, 2017, that left Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd dead at […]

Vaughn riot trial: Inmate eyewitness describes initial assault on officers

  WILMINGTON — Inmate Henry Anderson claimed to be a direct eyewitness to the “intense” first attack on Lt. Steven Floyd during the Feb. 1 2017, Vaughn prison riot. “‘Why are you doing this man! I know who you are,’” Anderson claimed he overheard Lt. Floyd saying as he was being savagely beaten by at […]

Inmate: Prison uprising began as ‘peaceful protest plan

WILMINGTON — Described as a “star witness against me” by one defendant Friday afternoon, an inmate testified about the days and hours before the deadly building takeover last year at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Shortly before the insurrection on Feb. 1, 2017, according to Royal Downs, word was spreading of a possible prisoner revolt. […]

Doomed officer warned guards as prison riot erupted

WILMINGTON — A correctional officer testifying Wednesday against four inmates charged in the Feb. 1, 2017, riot at Vaughn Correctional Center told jurors “the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up because we didn’t know what we were walking into” when alerted to impending trouble. Lt. Charles Sennett testified he heard Lt. […]

Drunken driver gets 15 years in prison for crash that crippled 10-year-old girl

DOVER — “What does it take to stop him and people like him?” The mother of a 10-year-girl who was severely crippled when a drunken driver slammed into the rear of their car on March 1 in Dover asked the judge that question in Superior Court Wednesday prior to the defendant receiving a 15-year prison […]

Bordley gets life in prison for Port Mahon murder

DOVER — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday morning for the 2016 shooting death of a Dover resident at the Port Mahon fishing pier east of Dover near Little Creek. Daiquan T. Bordley, a former college student originally from Wilmington, was convicted of first-degree murder and three other felonies in what […]

Pierce found not guilty in ‘09 shooting death

DOVER — A 36-year-old man on Monday was found not guilty of murder in a downtown Dover shooting death occurring 9 1/2 years ago. Larry J. Pierce was accused in the slaying of Josue Barclay in the first block of South Governors Avenue on April 18, 2009, following a Dover Police investigation and resulting first-degree […]