Ex-death row inmate wants to waive jury in murder retrial
(AP) – A former death row inmate facing retrial in a drug-related killing says he wants to waive his right to a jury trial.
Attorneys for Isaiah McCoy told a judge Monday that McCoy wants a bench trial on charges of killing 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover in 2010.
Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial. The Supreme Court said the judge erred in improperly denying the challenge of McCoy, who is black, to the seating of a white juror. The justices also cited the prosecutor's "pervasive unprofessional conduct."
McCoy's retrial is set for January, but the judge has yet to rule on defense motions to suppress certain evidence, including letters seized from his prison cell.