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Ambrose L. SYKES





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape - Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 7, 2004
Date of arrest: November 29, 2004
Date of birth: September 28, 1972
Victim profile: Virginia Trimnell, 68
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Kent County, Delaware, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on September 20, 2006

The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware


opinion 559/556, 2006


Ambrose L. Sykes

DOB: 09/28/1972

Race: Black Gender: Male

Offense: Murder 1st

Sentenced to Death: 09/20/2006

Date of Offense: 11/07/2004


Ambrose Sykes black, age 32

Sentenced to death in Kent County, Delaware

By: A judge, after a unanimous recommendation of death by a jury

Date of crime: November 7, 2004

Prosecutions case/defense response:

Sykes was convicted of the rape and murder of retired teacher Virginia Trimnell.  He then placed her bound and gagged body in a suitcase in the trunk of her car, and drove her car around for a few days before police pulled him over.  Sykes escaped, and eluded police for more than 3 weeks before he was captured.  Defense argued that there was no forced entry into the Trimnell apartment, nor did she have defensive wounds, thus suggesting that Sykes had a relationship with her.  In the penalty phase, defense presented evidence that Sykes did not have a violent criminal history. 

Prosecutor(s): R. David Favata, Stephen Welch   
Defense lawyer(s):  Christopher Tease, Tom Donovan

Sources: Dover Post 12/1/04, 6/14/06; Delaware State News 11/5/05, 6/30/06



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