4 Charged In Rehoboth Convenience Store Assault

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Two employees of Royal Farms on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach are assaulted, and four suspects – including an ex-boyfriend of one of the victims – are facing charges. Delaware State Police say that suspect started to assault the 19-year-old woman in the store late Tuesday night. The other employee, a 22-year-old man, tried to…

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Sentencing Set for Three Vaughn Defendants

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Judge William Carpenter has set a sentencing date of September 13 at 9:30am for the three Vaughn defendants – Dwayne Staats, Jarreau Ayres and Royal Downs. Dwayne Staats was the only defendant found guilty of 1st degree murder in the death of Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd. Staats was also found guilty of other charges…

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Closing Arguments in 2nd Vaughn Trial Begin Monday

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Testimony has concluded in the second trial of suspects accused in the Vaughn Prison riot in February 2017.  Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st degree murder as well as multiple other offenses – including assault, riot and kidnapping.  During the prison riot, three correctional…

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Jury Selection for Group 2 in the Vaughn Uprising Begins Jan 7

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Jury selection begins at 10am Monday in Wilmington for the second group of defendants in prison uprising at the Vaughn Correctional Institution in February of 2017 that left Correctional Officer Lt. Steven Floyd dead and three others injured.  Abednego Baynes, Kevin Berry, John Bramble and Obadiah Miller are each charged with 3 counts of 1st…

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Next Vaughn Trial to Begin in Mid-January

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Jury selection for the next group of prisoners who allegedly took part in the prison riot at the Vaughn Correctional Center will begin on January 7th.  Obadiah Miller, John Bramble, Kevin Berry and Abednego Baynes will be tried for their rolls in the riot and kidnapping of 4 correctional officers which led to the death…

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Inmate Involved in JTV Riot Dies in Prison

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Corrections officials say a 30 year old inmate at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution died last week.  Kelly Gibbs was serving a 24 year, nine month sentence for 2nd degree Murder and other offenses.  Earlier last week he pleaded guilty to charges of Riot, Kidnapping and Conspiracy in relation to the February 2017 riot…

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JTVCC C Building to be Demolished

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C-Building at the Vaughn Correctional Center – the site of an inmate uprising and death of Correctional Officer Lt Steven Floyd – will be torn down.  The building is a constant reminder of what happened on February 1st, 2017.  DOC Commissioner Perry Phelps says that demolishing C-Building will ‘demonstrate that JTVCC is moving forward and…

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