Dolan Springs man ruled competent to stand trial
KINGMAN — A Dolan Springs man accused of shooting another man in the back of the head over a broken computer has been ruled competent to stand trial.
William Albert Derrico, 67, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, drive-by shooting and three counts of aggravated assault. He is being held in custody without bond.
Derrico’s attorney, Nathan Best, said Monday a Kingman psychiatrist conducted a pre-mental health evaluation and has determined his client to be competent to stand trial. Best also said he was recently assigned to the case and asked the judge to continue the hearing.
With no objection from the prosecutor, Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. set Derrico’s next hearing for March 5.
At a previous hearing, a sheriff’s detective testified that the victim sold a tablet computer to Derrico, who later claimed it had a broken face. Derrico demanded his money back, threatening to kill the victim.
Around 4 a.m. July 6, the victim was sitting in front of a Dolan Springs cafe using its wi-fi when a black vehicle pulled up and Derrico got out with either a baseball bat or a tire thumper. The victim retreated from the confrontation.
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 from his car at the victim. The victim told the detective that he heard a gunshot and felt something hit him in the back of his head.
The victim went to a neighbor who called 911. The victim was taken to a Kingman hospital where he was treated, then released. Derrico was arrested several hours later. A detective searched Derrico’s home, finding the pistol hidden in the garage along with a .380 caliber shell.