DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has rejected several pretrial motions filed by defense attorneys for a Wilmington man charged with fatally stabbing a New Castle County police officer.
Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of 34-year-old David Salasky Jr., who is charged with killing 44-year-old officer Joseph Szczerba in September 2011.
Among the motions denied by the judge Thursday were requests to suppress evidence and to preclude prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against a severely mentally ill defendant.
According to court records, Salasky has both a long criminal history and a history of mental health issues. Defense attorneys have suggested that he was delusional at the time of the killing, and Salasky reportedly was high on chemicals known as bath salts when Szczerba was stabbed.
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