$1M bond in attempted murder case

A judge on Tuesday set a $1 million bond for a Craig man accused of attempted murder.

William Daniel Kilpatrick, 24, was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with a litany of crimes, in----cluding trying to sexually assault and kill his girlfriend at their home in Craig.

Kilpatrick, according to court documents, strangled his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife, dragged her into their house and struck her toddler son.

Kilpatrick was being held without bond in Moffat County Jail until Tuesday, when he had an advisement hearing in Moffat County Court.

At the time of the arrest, Kilpatrick was held without bond because he has a previous violent offense on his record.

But at Tuesday's hearing, the prosecutor said bond should be set because Kilpatrick's previous conviction was for felony menacing, not a violent crime.

The District Attorney's Office on Tuesday asked the judge to set Kilpatrick's bond at $1 million.

When police arrested Kil--patrick, they reported finding a letter in his pocket. In the letter, he said he planned to kill his girlfriend and himself, according to the arrest affidavit.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said the letter in Kilpatrick's pocket showed he would not be deterred by normal bond.

Stern argued that Kilpatrick's accuser thinks she will be in danger if Kilpatrick makes bond.

Kilpatrick's accuser sat next to Stern during the hearing, shaking her head slowly as the judge decided Kilpatrick's bond.

"She believes her life is clearly in jeopardy," Stern said.

But the public defender representing Kilpatrick said that because his client has no history of failing to appear and because he has ties to the community, Kilpatrick was not a flight risk.

"We ask the court not set an oppressive bond," said Sharyl Uhlmann, the public defender.

Uhlmann suggested the judge to set bond at $25,000.

Judge Mary Lynne James said that in light of the letter police say they found in Kilpatrick's pocket, a $1 million bond was fair.

"A $1 million bond does not appear to be oppressive to me," James said. "It appears to be what is needed to keep everyone safe."

James said she would reconsider the bond if Kilpatrick undergoes a psychological evaluation that shows he isn't a threat.

The judge informed Kilpatrick of the charges against him, which include attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, assault with a weapon and child abuse.

The sexual assault charge could carry life in prison, James said.

Kilpatrick, who appeared via videoconference from Moffat County Jail, sat with his hands crossed on his stomach as the judge read the charges.

James set a preliminary hearing for Kilpatrick for Jan. 9. James said she would address Kilpatrick's bond again at the preliminary hearing.

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