Trial date set in Dolan Springs shooting
KINGMAN — A trial has been set for mid-October for a Dolan Springs man who allegedly shot another man in the head over a broken computer.
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.
Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. set Derrico’s trial to begin Oct. 15 with a pre-trial hearing set for Sept. 26. The judge also set a status hearing for Aug. 6.
At a settlement conference, Derrico, who claimed self-defense, rejected a plea offer where he would have pleaded guilty to attempted murder and be sentenced either to seven to 15 years or a stipulated 10-year sentence.
If convicted on the attempted murder and drive-by shooting charges, Derrico would face seven to 21 years in prison for each count. For the aggravated assault charges, he would face five to 15 years in prison for each charge. If convicted of all the charges, he could face 12 to 36 years in prison.
In the early morning of July 6, 2017, the victim sat in front of a Dolan Springs cafe using its wi-fi 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 had sold a tablet to Derrico, who later claimed it had a broken face. Derrico asked for his money back and reportedly threatened to kill the victim, according to court documents.
A little while later, Derrico went back to his house to get a small-caliber pistol then went to the victim’s home. Derrico 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 later released. Derrico was arrested several hours later.
A detective searched Derrico’s home, finding the pistol hidden in the garage as well as a 0.380 caliber shell, according to court records.