Man Convicted in Fatal Attack of Delaware Police Officer

         

Summary: A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a Delaware police officer. Randon Wilkerson, 32, was convicted on 16 charges after a short trial for the 2021 killing of police Cpl. Keith Heacook. The officer was attacked while responding to a house in Delmar, Delaware, and the attacker repeatedly stomped on his head while he was unconscious. Wilkerson also assaulted an elderly couple who lived nearby. He will spend life in prison.

A man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a Delaware police officer. Randon Wilkerson, 32, was found guilty on 16 charges after a brief trial for the 2021 killing of Delmar police Cpl. Keith Heacook. According to authorities, Heacook was responding to a house in Delmar at around 5 a.m. on April 21, 2021, when he was attacked by Wilkerson. Witnesses reported that Wilkerson repeatedly stomped on Heacook’s head while the officer lay unconscious.

Superior Court Judge Craig Karsnitz delivered the guilty verdict about an hour after a stipulation of facts was read in court. The trial was a bench trial, meaning there was no jury. Wilkerson is also accused of assaulting an elderly couple who live across the street from where Heacook was attacked. The couple has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Wilkerson, previously listed as a resident of Salisbury, Maryland, is now said to have a most recent address in Delmar, Delaware. Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings released a statement saying that Wilkerson will be held accountable and will spend the rest of his life in prison. It is not known who Wilkerson’s attorney is at this time. Heacook, a father of four, had served with the Delmar police department for 22 years.

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