Craig man pleads not guilty

Kilpatrick accused of choking his girlfriend, alleged suicide plot

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A Craig man who police say choked his girlfriend and planned to kill her and himself in November pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges Tuesday.

William Daniel Kilpatrick, 24, was expected to accept a plea agreement from prosecutors Tuesday. But his lawyer, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, said she was not able to reach a deal with prosecutors so the case will go to trial.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said prosecutors don't plan to make any additional offers to Kilpatrick, who is charged with attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, assault with a weapon and child abuse.

"All offers are off the table at this point," Stern said.

Police arrested Kilpatrick Nov. 15 after they say he tried to choke his girlfriend at their home in Craig.

Kilpatrick is accused of strangling his girlfriend, threatening her with a knife, dragging her into the house and striking her toddler son on the night of his arrest.

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

his girlfriend told police Kilpatrick choked her with a belt and his hands, threatened her with a knife and said he planned to rape her, according to the affidavit. The woman was taken to The Memorial Hospital and was later released.

His girlfriend also told police that Kilpatrick struck her 4-year-old son in the neck, according to the affidavit.

Kilpatrick has been in Moffat County Jail since his arrest. His bail is $1 million.

Chief Judge Michael O'Hara scheduled Kilpatrick for a four-day jury trial starting in November.

Kilpatrick will next appear in court in September for a motions hearing.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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