The Ottumwa Courier

May 28, 2014

Attempted murder trial set for July

Courier staff writer

---- — KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County man accused of attempted murder could head to trial in a remarkably short time.

Dimitrious Royal has a trial date of July 15. If that date is when the trial actually begins, it would take place just more than 11 weeks after charges were filed.

Delays aren’t unusual in serious criminal cases, and a continuance for an attempted murder trial is more common than not as the legal teams investigate and seek witnesses. But both federal and state law require speedy trials unless the defendant waives that right. If a defendant insists on going to trial quickly, that’s what must happen.

Royal faces charges of assault, willful injury resulting in serious injury and attempted murder. Each is a felony charge, with the Class B attempted murder the most serious. They could carry a combined 40 years in prison if Royal is convicted on all counts. He has pleaded not guilty.

Bail has been set at $100,000, but the court has not made it a cash-only bail. That means he can post a smaller percentage if a bail bondsman is willing to put up the rest.

In other area cases:

• The pretrial conference in the forgery case against Jacob Nordyke has been delayed until June 11, the second such continuance this month. No new trial date was filed in the online records. Nordyke pleaded guilty to theft and was fined in a separate case, and another case involving charges of interference with official acts and possession of drug paraphernalia is still pending. He has pleaded not guilty.

• Todd Sexton has entered a guilty plea in a case where he was charged with theft and burglary as a habitual offender. Sentencing is set for July 24.

• Clifford Williams’ arraignment on charges of carrying weapons, interference with official acts and assault on persons involved in certain occupations has been scheduled for June 25.