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Judge: "Evidence Overwhelming" After Police Home Shooting Verdict

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The man accused of shooting at police officers' homes Sussex and Wicomico Counties last December was found guilty in six of the eight charges against him.

It took about three hours for the jury to decide David Watson's fate, where the 12 men and women finally convicted him for shooting at Dewey Beach lieutenant Cliff Dempsey's home on December 27th.

Watson, 24, could now spend more than 80 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty for shooting at a police officer's home. The deliberation lasted three hours with several questions from jurors before the conviction was handed down.

But the Laurel man was not found guilty for an attempted murder charge, and instead, found guilty of a lesser offense in reckless endangerment. After the charges were read, Watson, dressed in a white jumpsuit, shook his head in apparent disbelief.

Superior Court resident judge T. Henley Graves turned to him and said, "From this side of the bench, the evidence is overwhelming."

Judge Graves also referenced Orrin Joudrey, who took the stand to testify against his friend and accomplice on Thursday.
"You and your buddy did some bad things," the judge told Watson.

Joudrey already had his day in court back in August. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in Delaware. Now Watson awaits his fate expected to be handed down November 22nd.

This trial was only for the December 27th shooting in Delaware. Both Watson and Joudrey still faces charges in Maryland for the shootings that began on December 10th at a Wicomico County deputy sheriff's home in Salisbury.

Wicomico County deputy state's attorney Ella Disharoon says there will be several separate trials for each suspect. Disharoon says similar charges for both men, but Watson will also be charged with a possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.

A court date has yet to be set in either case.

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