DA decides not to pursue attempted murder charge | CraigDailyPress.com

DA decides not to pursue attempted murder charge

The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has decided not to pursue attempted-murder charges against a Craig man who was arrested last week.

During a hearing in Moffat County Court on Tuesday, Judge Mary Lynne James advised the man of official charges filed against him: kidnapping, sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

It is the Daily Press’ policy not to name individuals charged with sex-related crimes until conviction.

The man, who is deaf, was arrested on charges of criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder, unlawful sexual contact, third-degree assault and false imprisonment.

The District Attorney’s Office did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

The man is being held in Moffat County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Police said last week that they received a report Monday from a woman who said the man had attacked her after inviting her to his home.

The woman told police the man choked her, made sexual contact with her and wouldn’t let her leave the apartment, police said.

Police said the woman eventually was allowed to leave the apartment and called police, who arrested the man at his home.

Police think the woman and the man were friends, police said.

The man is deaf, and the woman had gone to his home to spend time with him before, police said.

In court Tuesday, Judge James told the man she would try to have a sign-language interpreter present for all of his court hearings.

The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 14.

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

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