State gets extension in student slaying case

October 20, 2009 5:03:16 AM PDT
Delaware has been granted more time to decide whether to ask for a U.S. Supreme Court review of the reversal of a conviction and death sentence in the rape and murder of a University of Delaware student.

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.


Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,