*UPDATE-09.19.10- It appears that the "Delaware County law enforcement officials" were not "compelled" to form a grand jury until the Chester Spirit Newspaper began distributing papers,in Media, with the Chester 12 and the Chester's Most Wanted featured each week. Chester Spirit has TWO newspaper honor boxes outside of the courthouse and government center and circulates 200 papers each week INSIDE the courthouse and government center.
If you haven't seen the front page of the DelcoTimes yet it means that you should, especially if you are a resident of Chester City and a mother of a gun homicide victim. Despite the front page cover and heart wrenching photo of a homicide memorial in Chester the typically belligerent and racist comments did not flood the DelcoTimes board(at least not when I last checked). Maybe because for the first time in a very very long time the article was not about JUST ANOTHER BLACK KILLING in Chester but rather the article asked the most obvious question: Who Killed Them? And I would add some other questions which are not so obvious: Why are so many of these cases UNSOLVED? And is it even legal for the county to have so many unsolved cases on their books, concentrated in such a small city,predominantly poor and black? Why can't the County effectively process evidence? And lastly, why does it take a Grand Jury to effectively tackle these mounting unsolved homicides? There is more to this for sure so be on the lookout...
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MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A shocking number of Chester street killings that remain unsolved, ranging from the death of a 2-year-old boy gunned down in June to a 54-year-old paralegal fatally shot in 2004, have compelled Delaware County law enforcement officials to empanel a grand jury in hopes of finding the killers.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s office in a petition filed Thursday authorizes a grand jury, which will sit for 18 months, to probe the unsolved Chester killings that include...[ READ MORE ]