Man charged in shooting scheduled to return to court


A Craig man facing an attempted murder charge is scheduled to return to Moffat County Court Tuesday.

Joseph McGill, 30, is set for a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Mary Lynne James.

The hearing was delayed last month after McGill's public defender said she had not reviewed documents in the case held by the District Attorney's office.

McGill is charged with attempted second-degree murder and attempted first-degree assault, serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, in an alleged shooting incident near his 4th Street home on Nov. 14.

He remains free after posting $5,000 bond on Feb. 5.

McGill allegedly fired a handgun from the front porch of his mobile home at a passing motorist.

Craig police recovered one bullet from the rear gate of the alleged victim's car, but have not recovered the weapon.

Three shots were reportedly heard. Craig police have said that one witness -- who was visiting McGill's home that night -- claims to have heard shots after watching McGill grab "something" inside the home and run out an open front door.

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

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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