Delaware court upholds death sentence in Bonistall rape-murder

James Cooke was convicted of the 2005 rape

James Cooke was convicted of the 2005 rape and killing Lindsey Bonistall, of White Plains.

DOVER, Del. - (AP) -- Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled Thursday that none of the claims raised by lawyers for 43-year-old James E. Cooke had a basis for overturning his 2012 conviction and sentence.

Cooke was convicted of the 2005 rape and killing of 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains.

The Supreme court overturned Cooke's first conviction in 2007 because his public defenders, without Cooke's consent and despite his repeated claims of innocence, argued he was guilty but mentally ill.

Kathleen Bonistall, Lindsey's mother, tells the News Journal of Wilmington ( that the family is relieved by the court's ruling and grateful that justice has been served.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,

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