Man accused of attempted murder pleads not guilty

A Craig man arrested after a domestic dispute at his home in January pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and assault charges.

Kevin Alexander Christopher, 21, is charged with reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, menacing and criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder. All the charges have a domestic violence charge attached.

Christopher was arrested in January after his girlfriend told police he punched her in the back of the head and choked her until she passed out during a fight at their apartment.

Christopher's lawyer, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, said Tuesday that she was not able to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Uhlmann and prosecutors had been working on a plea agreement in the case since March.

Christopher waived his right to a preliminary hearing to work on the deal.

Christopher's case had been continued repeatedly in recent months.

The case was continued in April after Uhlmann asked the judge for additional time to discuss a deal with Christopher that would have sent him to jail for up to two years on an assault charge.

Chief Judge Michael O'Hara on Tuesday sche--duled the case for trial starting Aug. 24.

Uhlmann ask--ed O'Hara not to have pretrial hearings in the case held in Moffat County Court because of the magnitude of the charges.

O'Hara rejected the request, saying Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James had presided over numerous cases with lengthy prison terms in her 20-year career on the bench.

Christopher spent more than a month in jail before posting $5,000 bail and being released in March.

Police said Christopher choked his girlfriend until she passed out and kicked her and punched her in the back of the head Jan. 24.

The fight started when Christ--opher's girlfriend tried to wake him up, according to the arrest affidavit in the case.

Christopher was heavily intoxicated during the incident, police said.

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

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