Submitted: November 26, 2018
Below: Superior Court of the State of Delaware Cr. ID Nos.
1702009428 (N), 1702009077
VALIHURA, SEITZ, and TRAYNOR, Justices.
COLLINS J. SEITZ, JR. JUSTICE.
14th day of February 2019, upon consideration of
the brief under Supreme Court Rule 26(c), appellate
counsel's motion to withdraw, and the State's
response, it appears to the Court that:
February 14, 2017, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Delaware
State Police responded to a 911 call regarding a suspicious
vehicle in the area of Blackbird Station Road in Townsend.
The caller described the vehicle as a black Jeep Wrangler and
provided a Delaware tag number. Corporal Raymond Shatley
drove to the area and spotted the Jeep. Corporal Shatley
activated his patrol vehicle's lights and siren and
attempted to initiate a stop.
driver of the Jeep-who turned out to be the appellant, Daniel
Woods-disregarded the police signal and fled, with Corporal
Shatley in pursuit. Trooper Edwin Ramirez and Corporal
William Walker joined in the chase with Trooper Ramirez'
vehicle taking the lead. At one point, the Jeep came to a
stop at the entrance of the Saint Anne's Golf Course,
where the driver opened his door and discarded several items.
Corporal Walker returned to that spot later that morning and
retrieved the discarded items, which turned out to be DVDs.
chase lasted about twenty-five minutes and ended when the
Jeep overheated and came to a complete stop. At the direction
of Trooper Ramirez, Woods got out of the Jeep with his hands
up and got on the ground. When conducting a pat down search
of Woods, Trooper Ramirez removed a pocket knife from
Woods' front pants pocket. Also, Trooper Ramirez saw
several bracelets, other jewelry, and multiple DVDs on the
floor of, and scattered inside, the Jeep.
approximately 1:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017, Laura Campbell
returned home from work after receiving a call from her
husband that their home (located at 505 Dogtown Road in
Townsend) had been broken into. Laura Campbell noted that the
front door of the home was damaged, and that a number of
items were missing from inside the home, including her
laptop, two Xbox systems, jewelry, and DVDs. Unfortunately
for the Campbells, their home was burglarized again on
February 16, 2017. In the second break-in, the intruder
entered the home through a kitchen window and stole a scope
mounting kit for a firearm and a clarinet.
Some of the property taken in the February 14
burglary-namely, the jewelry and some of the DVDs-were
returned to the Campbells on February 14, 2017. The laptop
and Xbox systems were returned to the Campbells on February
23, 2017, when Corporal Walker retrieved those items from a
construction worker who had called the police to report
finding the items when working at the Saint Anne's Golf
Woods was indicted and tried for offenses arising from the
vehicle chase and the February 14 burglary of the Campbell
residence. On January 5, 2018, the jury convicted Woods of
Burglary in the Second Degree, Felony Theft, Criminal
Mischief, Disregarding a Police Officer's Signal,
Resisting Arrest, and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.
Immediately after the verdict was read, Woods interrupted the
proceedings to tell the Superior Court that he wanted to move
"for an acquittal on the charges." The trial judge
denied the request as follows:
Mr. Woods, you have chosen up to this point to allow Mr.
Buckworth to represent you. If you decide at this point to go
pro se, the Court needs to have a hearing and address a
motion to proceed pro se. It's not one that I would
suggest that you make, but you're free to do so. But
I'm not going to consider an oral motion at this time.
It's a motion that you need to make in writing and the
Court will address it at a later time.
did not revisit the matter of proceeding pro se, and
he did not file a written motion for judgment of acquittal.
On April 27, 2018, the Superior Court declared Woods a
habitual offender and sentenced him to fourteen years of
Level V incarceration for the second-degree burglary