Two Indicted in 2013 Murder For Hire

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A New Castle County grand jury handed up indictments against 44-year-old Ryan Shover of York, PA, and 51-year-old Michael Kman of Enola, PA on January 19, 2016, in connection with the 2013 death of 43-year-old Wayne Cappelli of Claymont. Both are charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy, and Insurance Fraud.

Cappelli was found dead on February 18, 2013 in the brush off the road of the 2100 block of Delaview Avenue in Silvercroft in Brandywine Hundred, with severe blunt force trauma to his body.

An investigation uncovered Cappelli obtained a large life insurance policy as recently as three months before the incident, naming an acquaintance as beneficiary. As the investigation continued, detectives were able to determine that this murder investigation was likely a planned murder for the collection of the life insurance money.

The investigation was a multi-agency effort led by Sergeant Tom Orzechowski of the New Castle County Police along with the Department of Justice, and included the FBI, the East Pennsboro Township Police, and the York Regional Police Departments in Pennsylvania.

“We appreciate the hard work and cooperation of everyone involved in this case, knowing how difficult it is to bring justice to those responsible in cold cases” said Attorney General Matt Denn.” Thanks to the tireless work of the police agencies involved, along with our team from the Department of Justice we were able to do just that for the family of Mr. Cappelli.”

“This is another example of our detectives working relentlessly on cases, even as complex as this one,” said Colonel Elmer Setting, Chief of the New Castle County Police. “Their tireless efforts have helped bring those accountable for this murder to justice along with closure to the family and friends of Mr. Cappelli.  Our Criminal Investigation Unit, with critical support from the office of the Attorney General, continues to make arrests in these major investigations.”

“As I have said before, and let me be clear, if you commit murder in New Castle County, we will find you and ensure that justice is served.”

Mr. Shover is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington. Mr. Kman is in custody in Pennsylvania awaiting sentencing on unrelated charges, and will return to Delaware after those proceedings.

Michael Kman (left) and Ryan Shover
Michael Kman (left) and Ryan Shover

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