Trial date affirmed in Dolan Springs attempted murder case
KINGMAN — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday affirmed the October trial date for a Dolan Springs man accused of shooting another man in the head.
William Albert Derrico, 67, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, drive-by shooting and three counts of aggravated assault. He is being held without bond.
With both attorneys saying they are ready for trial, Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. affirmed Derrico’s trial to begin Oct. 9. The trial is expected to last three to four days.
If convicted of the attempted murder and drive-by shooting charges, Derrico would face seven to 21 years in prison for each charge. He would face five to 15 years in prison if convicted of the aggravated assault charges. If convicted of all the charges, he could face 12 to 36 years in prison.
Derrico recently rejected a plea offer in which he would plead guilty to attempted murder and be sentenced either to seven to 15 years or a stipulated 10-year sentence.
According to court records, the victim was in front of a Dolan Springs cafe in the early morning hours of July 6, 2017, when Derrico got out of his car with either a baseball bat or a tire iron. The victim retreated from the confrontation.
The victim reportedly sold a tablet to Derrico, who claimed it had a broken face. Derrico demanded his money back, threatening to kill the victim.
Derrico later went back to his house to get a small-caliber pistol and went to the victim’s home where he allegedly fired the weapon at the victim from his car. The victim previously testified that he heard a gunshot and felt something hit him in the back of his head.
The victim went to the home of a neighbor, who called 911. The victim was taken to a Kingman hospital where he was treated and released. Derrico was arrested several hours later. A detective searched Derrico’s home, finding the pistol hidden in the garage as well as a .38-caliber shell.