Appeal rejected in assault of woman during home invasion
WILMNGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has rejected a post-conviction appeal by a man serving 44 years in prison for the vicious assault of a Wilmington woman during a home invasion.
The judge ruled Wednesday that there was no merit to Jermaine Booker’s claims that his trial lawyer was ineffective. He also noted that Booker’s own statements conflicted with those of a proposed alibi witness.
Booker argued among other things that his lawyer should have questioned the 61-year-old victim about her inability to identify him.
The woman was attacked in her Windsor Hills home in January 2014. Authorities say she suffered egregious injuries, including cuts that removed one eye and left her blinded in the other. Her skull and jaw were fractured, and she suffered a stroke as a result of the attack.