Delaware Prison Riot Trial Temporarily Halted Because of Legal Issues

Lt. Steven Floyd died in a 2017 prison riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Four men charged with murder are on trial.

What to Know

  • Sgt. Steven Floyd was killed during the riot, and three other staffers were taken hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
  • 16 inmates were charged with murder, kidnapping, assault and other crimes following the Feb., 2017 uprising. Two others face lesser counts.
  • The first trial began a full year after the inmates were indicted on riot-related charges.

A judge has temporarily halted the trial of four inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison that left a guard dead.

The trial was to have resumed Monday with testimony from a convicted murderer who defense attorneys say played a key role in the February 2017 uprising but was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of riot after agreeing to testify for the prosecution.

The judge huddled with attorneys behind closed doors for more than an hour Monday before dismissing jurors. The trial is to resume Tuesday.

The judge did not disclose the issues that caused the delay but said they "have not gone away," and that cancelling Monday's proceedings will give him and attorneys time to work through them.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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