Wilmington district attorney, WFU Law School alumnus to discuss cold case

The Criminal Law Roundtable will present an opportunity to hear Ben David, a Wake Forest University School of Law alumnus and district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District in Wilmington, N.C., talk about a cold case in his district that was recently solved with new DNA technology.

David (JD ’95) will speak at noon on Thursday, April 16, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center about how he, together with his twin brother Jon, prosecuted the case in what turned out to be the longest criminal trial in the history of Wilmington and New Hanover County. The event is free and open to the public.

David wrote about the case: “In one of the largest murder investigations in the history of the FBI, the trial of Tyrone Delgado proved to be both a personal journey to get justice and an unprecedented look at the mind of a sadistic rapist and murderer. When FBI Agent Paul Cox discovers the lifeless and nude body of his 28-year-old secretary in her own home, the ex-husband, a marine sergeant who fathered the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, becomes the prime suspect.

But everything is not as it appears. What looks like an open and shut case becomes a nine-year investigation that takes agents into most of the 50 United States and into more than 40 countries. Along the way, everyone — from the victim’s casual flings to co-workers — gets put under the microscope. Agents use everything from cutting-edge scientific technology to a voodoo doctor in an attempt to catch the most violent criminal that most of the seasoned investigators had ever encountered.”