Jury hears penalty arguments in Del. murder trial
WILMINGTON, Del. - May 3, 2012 (WPVI) -- A jury has heard closing arguments in the penalty phase of the trial of a man convicted of killing a University of Delaware student in 2005.
Arguments concluded on Wednesday and now the New Castle County jury must decide whether to recommend that James Cooke Jr. be sentenced to death for the murder of 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall. Cooke was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and other charges.
Prosecutors have presented Cooke as a life-long criminal, while the News Journal of Wilmington reports that Cooke spoke Wednesday on his own behalf, telling jurors that he didn't get a fair trial.
Cooke was sentenced to death in 2007 for Bonistall's murder, but the Delaware Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2009.
Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com
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