Craig man charged with attempted murder to return to court


A Craig man facing an attempted murder charge from an alleged trailer park shooting incident is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Moffat County Court.

The hearing for 30-year-old Joseph McGill -- set for 2:30 p.m. before Judge Mary Lynne James -- will be his first since being released from the Moffat County Jail after posting a reduced $5,000 bond Jan. 28.

McGill was initially held on $100,000 bond set by James after his arrest Jan. 21. He was taken into custody that same morning after showing up before James on a summons issued for charges of attempted second-degree murder, and attempted first-degree assault, serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon -- both class-four felonies.

A conviction on either count carries possible penalties between one and 16 years in state prison and fines between $2,000 and $500,000.

McGill allegedly fired a handgun at a motorist passing in front of his Fourth Street mobile home the night of Nov. 14.

The motorist -- a man described by police in his 30s and a neighbor of McGill's -- drove to the east Kum and Go store where he reported the alleged incident to police at about 7 p.m.

Craig police recovered one bullet from the rear gate of the man's sports utility vehicle, but have not found a weapon tied to McGill or

the incident.

The lone witness -- a visitor to McGill's home that night -- has told police that he watched McGill identify the driver, grab "something" before running out an open front door. Three shots were heard, according to police.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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