Attempted murder suspect appears in district court

Scott allegedly involved in second violent crime over the weekend

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Derik Leroy Scott

A Craig resident charged with attempted murder appeared in Moffat County District Court Monday for an advisement hearing.

Derik Leroy Scott, 24, of Craig, is charged in district court with criminal attempt of 2nd degree murder, a Class 3 felony; 2nd degree assault, a Class 4 felony; false imprisonment, a Class 5 felony; and domestic violence, child abuse, menacing, violating conditions of a bail bond, and two counts of violating a restraining order, all misdemeanors.

Scott is currently in custody at Moffat County Jail.

He is being held on $75,000 bond.

According to a warrantless arrest affidavit, at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday Craig Police Department officers responded to a possible domestic violence dispute in the 800 block of east Seventh Street.

Upon their arrival officers could hear a woman screaming from inside a trailer. Officers forcibly entered the trailer and found Scott and a female in one of the bedrooms, the affidavit stated.

The alleged female victim had blood around her mouth and nose, bruising around her left eye that appeared to be old, and one missing tooth. Scott was drunk and passed out on top of her. There also were three young children in the trailer at the time of the alleged assault, according to the affidavit.

During an interview with law enforcement officers the victim stated Scott had become angry with her for calling her sister, who recently was involved in a domestic violence dispute somewhere out of state. The prior Thursday, Dec. 6, the victim told law enforcement officers that Scott had beaten her with a belt, causing the black eye and missing tooth officers noticed upon arriving on scene. The victim told officers had they not forcibly entered the trailer Scott would have killed her, the affidavit stated.

Further interviewing of the victim revealed Scott allegedly attended a dentist appointment with the victim after the alleged Dec. 6 incident, threatening violence if she said anything, and then forcibly locked her in the trailer until she had to report to work Friday, according to the affidavit.

In addition, officers discovered Scott is the restrained party in numerous protection orders, including at least one in which the victim is the protected party, the affidavit stated.

Scott also was supposed refrain from alcohol consumption, according to those protection orders.

Scott is due back in court at 8:15 a.m. on Dec. 19 for a status conference. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 3, 2013.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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