Conviction in rape, murder of University of Delaware student

James Cooke Jr.

April 13, 2012 9:37:15 AM PDT
A jury has convicted a former death row inmate of raping and killing a University of Delaware student in 2005.

The jury found James Cooke Jr. guilty Friday on 10 of the 11 charges he faced, including first-degree murder, rape and arson. Cooke, who was tried for the second time in the case, faces a possible death sentence.

Cooke had been sentenced to death in 2007 for the murder of Lindsey Bonistall. But the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2009 because his public defenders, without Cooke's consent and despite his repeated claims of innocence, argued that he was guilty but mentally ill.

A sentencing hearing is expected to begin next week.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.