Man Pleads To Reduced Charges In Dover Murder

A Wilmington man has pled guilty to murder charges stemming from the 2022 killing of Bruce Wright.

On March 26, 2022, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit arrested Marcus Bailey, then 18, of Wilmington, for the homicide that took place Thursday afternoon in the Capitol Park community in Dover, according to Public Information Officer, Sergeant Heather Pepper.

At the time officials said on March 24, 2022, at approximately 3:50 p.m., troopers responded to Senator Avenue for a reported shooting. The investigation determined that 33-year-old Wright, of Dover, was seated in the driver seat of a vehicle parked on Senator Avenue when Marcus Bailey entered the backseat of the car, according to police.

Marcus engaged in a conversation with the victim before demanding the victim’s property officials said. At some point during the encounter, the victim was shot in the upper torso. Marcus then fled the vehicle in an unknown direction of travel police said at the time. The Wright was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Through their investigation, the Delaware State Police identified Bailey as the suspect involved in this shooting incident. He was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop in a Long Neck Wawa parking lot.

On April 22, 2024, Bailey, now 20, pled guilty to Murder Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in Kent County Superior Court.

As part of the plea, Bailey agreed not to request less than 20 years of prison time and the State agreed to cap its prison time recommendation at 30 years.

He had previously been charged with Murder First Degree (Felony), Robbery First Degree (Felony)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony), and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony).