Bridgeville Man To Face Life After Murder Conviction

A Bridgeville man who turned himself into police three days after a fatal shooting in 2018 has been convicted of murder.

The Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a homicide that occurred on Friday evening,, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

On Friday, May 11, 2018, at approximately 8:20 p.m., when Delaware State Police Troopers were dispatched to the 21000 block of Mill Park Drive in Bridgeville, for a report of a shooting.

When they arrived at the scene Troopers observed a male subject on the side of the road with apparent gunshot wounds. The 41-year-old male victim, identified as Corey Bailey of Bridgeville, was transported to a local hospital by EMS, where he was pronounced deceased.

Through investigative measures, detectives learned that Bailey was standing with a friend when then 28-year-old Mcarthur M. Risper Jr. of Bridgeville, got out of a car and shot Baily, officials said at the time. 

On Monday, May 14, 2018, Risper turned himself in at DSP Troop 5, where he was charged with Murder First Degree, Conspiracy First Degree, and two counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.

On Friday, December 6, 2019, prosecutors announced that a Sussex County Superior Court jury convicted Mcarthur Risper, Jr. of Murder First Degree, Conspiracy First Degree, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. A judge will formally sentence Risper in January. He expected to face life in prison, according to prosecutors.

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