Attempted murder suspect summoned to court

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A Craig man faces charges of attempted murder in a case in which the accused has not been arrested.

Joseph McGill, 30, is scheduled to be advised Tuesday morning by Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James on charges of attempted second-degree murder and attempted first-degree assault, serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon -- both class-four felonies.

McGill -- who Craig police had interviewed in connection with a November shooting incident at a mobile home park -- has been asked to appear in court by summons.

But court records reviewed Friday indicate McGill had not been served with the document.

As to why the suspect had not yet been arrested, Craig police Lt. John Forgay said he wasn't aware charges had been filed in the case.

The District Attorney's complaint, filed Jan. 6, stems from the night of Nov. 14 when Craig police met a male described as in his 30s at around 7 p.m. at the east Kum & Go parking lot.

He told police that a man had walked out the front door of a home at a mobile home park near Third and Lincoln streets and fired "several" shots from a handgun. Craig police later impounded the car and have said one bullet was recovered from its rear gate area.

Police believe three shots were fired that night but the weapon allegedly used has not been recovered, according to Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

A guest that night at McGill's Fourth Street home told investigators during follow-up interviews that McGill saw the victim's car driving past an open front door to the residence, Vanatta said.

The witness, according to police, reported that McGill allegedly stated "There's that (expletive)," grabbed "something" in the home and went out the front door.

Three shots were reportedly heard. No other direct witness to the alleged incident has been found in the case.

While both parties are known to each other, interviews with McGill and the victim did not determine what precipitated the alleged act, Vanatta said.

McGill faces between two to eight years in state prison if convicted on either charge or one to 16 years if mitigating or aggravating circumstances are found by a judge. He could also pay fines between $2,000 and $500,000.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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