- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge has set a bail hearing for a murder suspect whose case led to Delaware’s death penalty being overturned by the state Supreme Court.

After meeting with attorneys Tuesday, the judge scheduled a Sept. 16 bail hearing for Benjamin Rauf.

Rauf is charged in last year’s drug-related killing of 27-year-old Shazim Uppal of Hockessin, a fellow Temple University law school graduate.

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty, but after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding Florida’s death penalty statute, the judge sought a state Supreme Court opinion on Delaware’s law, which is similar to Florida’s.

The justices said Delaware’s law was unconstitutional because it allows judges too much discretion and doesn’t require that a jury find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant deserves execution.


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