WILMINGTON, Del. – A man accused of raping and killing a University of Delaware student in 2005 was found guilty Thursday on all counts.
James E. Cooke Jr. broke into 20-year-old Lindsey M. Bonistall's apartment in May 2005, then raped and strangled her before placing her body in a bathtub and setting the apartment on fire, prosecutors said.
Defense attorneys had urged the jurors to find Cooke mentally ill.
Cooke, 36, will face either life in prison or the death penalty. He was charged with murder, arson, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, and reckless endangerment.