Tears of retribution and sorrow filled a tightly packed Superior Courtroom in Georgetown, as jurors announced a guilty verdict on eight felony charges for defendant Derrick Powell, including one of first-degree murder.
Powell, 23 of Cumberland, Md., will now move onto the penalty hearing for the first-degree murder charge. As a capital offense, Powell faces the possibility of the death penalty for the slaying of Georgetown Police Patrolman Chad Spicer.
The 12-person jury convicted Powell Feb. 8 following nearly nine hours of deliberation. They also will decide his fate in the penalty hearing, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.
“We feel like justice has been served for our beloved son Chad and his beloved daughter Aubrey,” said Ruth Ann Spicer, Spicer’s mother. “This trial was tough for us every day.”
Family members were visibly upset as they sat alone in a row on the right side of a mostly elated but subdued courtroom. The defense team were not immediately available for comment.
Along with the first-degree murder conviction, jurors convicted Powell on four counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest with force or violence, first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was found innocent of the second-degree assault charge that stemmed from a neck wound Spicer’s partner, Cpl. Shawn Brittingham, sustained from a bullet fragment that came from the shot that killed Spicer.
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