Hearing set in attempted murder case

A judge scheduled a preliminary hearing Monday for a Craig man charged with sexually assaulting and trying to kill his girlfriend.

William Daniel Kilpatrick, 24, was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with a litany of crimes, including trying to choke his girlfriend at their home in Craig.

Kilpatrick is being held in Moffat County Jail on $1 million bond.

Kilpatrick's lawyer, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, appeared in Moffat County Court on Monday.

During the court appearance, Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 21. Uhlmann told the judge that she is trying to schedule a psychiatric evaluation for her client.

Uhlmann said it could be late April before the evaluation is complete.

According to court documents, 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 the man, they reported finding a letter in his pocket that indicated he planned to kill his girlfriend and himself, according to the arrest affidavit.

The 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.

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

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