Delaware convict to be retried for killing White Plains student

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a request to hear the appeal of Delaware prosecutors in the overturned conviction of a Delaware man accused of raping and killing 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains. This means the case will have to be retried in Delaware, causing indescribable grief to the Bonistall family.

Bonistall was attacked on May 1, 2005 in her off-campus apartment at the University of Delaware, where she was a student. After raping and killing Bonistall, her attacker set the apartment on fire. The suspect, James E. Cooke, was convicted of the crime, but his conviction was overturned because of improper behavior by his lawyers.

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Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.