State gets extension in student slaying case

DOVER, Del. (AP) - October 20, 2009

On Monday, Justice Samuel Alito granted the state's request for more time and extended the deadline from Wednesday to Nov. 9.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled in July that James Cooke's public defenders violated his constitutional rights by admitting Cooke's guilt but arguing he was mentally ill, over Cooke's objections. Cooke argued that he was not guilty in the killing of 20-year-old Lindsay Bonistall, of White Plains, N.Y., or mentally ill.

Deputy Attorney General Paul Wallace says prosecutors need more time because of the complexity of the case.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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