Judge assigned to handle cases stemming from prison riot

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 11:12AM
Abednego Baynes is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Janiis Mathis is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
John Bramble is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Obadiah Miller is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Royal Downs is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Abdul-Haqq El-Qadeer is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Alejandro Rodriguez-Ortiz is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Corey Smith is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Dwayne Staats is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Jarreau Ayers is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Jonatan Rodriguez is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Kevin Berry is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Robert Hernandez is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Roman Shankaras is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Kelly Gibbs is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Pedro Chairez is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
Lawrence Michaels is one of 18 inmates charged in connection with the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.
DOVER, Del. - A trial judge who previously served as U.S. Attorney for Delaware has been assigned to handle the cases of 18 inmates charged in a deadly prison riot and hostage-taking.

Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. was assigned the cases on Monday.

Carpenter is no stranger to high-profile cases, having presided over the bench trial of former pediatrician Earl Bradley. Bradley is serving several life sentences for raping and sexually molesting scores of young patients, whose assaults were captured on home videos he made.

Sixteen of the 18 inmates indicted last month are charged with first-degree murder and assault. All of the defendants are charged with kidnapping, riot and conspiracy in the February uprising, during which correctional officer Steven Floyd was killed and three other prison workers taken hostage.
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