"Man who killed NCCo cop Szczerba pleads guilty but mentally ill," is by Sean O’Sullivan of the Wilmington News Journal.
As the man who fatally stabbed her policeman husband admitted to what he had done on Monday, Kathy Szczerba, flanked by two New Castle County Police officers, held a tissue to her face.
David Salasky, 34, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the first-degree murder of Lt. Joseph Szczerba on Sept. 16, 2011 and more than a dozen other felonies.
The plea means that Salasky, who was high on the designer drug bath salts at the time of his encounter with the 44-year-old Szczerba, will be in either a mental institution or prison for the rest of his life without the chance of parole.
At sentencing, Salasky faces a minimum mandatory two life terms, plus an additional 153 years in prison. He admitted to two counts of first-degree murder, several weapons charges, third degree burglary, theft, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
AP coverage is, "Man Pleads Guilty but Mentally Ill in Killing of Officer," via WCAU-TV.
A Wilmington man charged with fatally stabbing a New Castle County police officer has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the crime.
Thirty-four-year-old David Salasky Jr. entered the plea Monday to first-degree murder in the slaying of 44-year-old Officer Joseph Szczerba (ZER-bah) in September 2011.
Salasky entered the plea as jury selection was under way in a trial. He faces an automatic sentence of two life terms plus an additional 153 years.
Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter did not immediately set a sentencing date.
"Plea deal reached in Delaware officer's murder," at WHYY-FM NewsWorks.
Attorneys for 34-year-old David Salasky put fourth a plea deal earlier this week and state prosecutors accepted the agreement today before Judge William Carpenter. Jury selection in Salasky's murder case was scheduled to begin on Monday.
Salasky is accused of fatally stabbing Lt. Joseph Szczerba on Sept 16, 2011. Szczerba, an 18-year veteran of the department confronted Salasky while responding to a car break-in call. The two engaged in a violent struggle before Salasky stabbed Szczerba in the neck with a fixed-blade knife.
Salasky had a previous criminal history and was high on drugs known as "bath salts" during the attack. The Delaware General Assembly passed a law banning the sale of "bath salts" after that fact became known.
Earlier coverage from Delaware begins at the link.