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Trial begins for man accused of causing school lockdown

April 17, 2018 GMT

KINGMAN — The trial of a Bullhead City man accused of threatening officials at a local elementary school began Monday with opening statements.

David Bryan Bullock, 58, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct with a weapon, and interference of a school.

In his opening statements, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jacob Cote said that a 67-year-old school bus driver noticed a cell phone left on an electrical box near the elementary school. Thinking it belonged to a student, he looked through it to see who it belonged to.

Coming from out of the bushes, Bullock starting yelling at the bus driver, accusing him of stealing his phone and began to throw rocks at him. The bus driver fled into Coyote Canyon Elementary School where Bullock banged on a door, threatening to kill the victim, Cote said.

Bullock tried to go through a set of double doors that led into the school’s secure area when he was confronted by the assistant principal and a warehouse supervisor. Bullock allegedly took a swing at the warehouse supervisor and pulled the female assistant principal’s hair.

The warehouse supervisor eventually detained Bullock until police arrived and arrested him. The school was locked down as a precaution. The assistant principal wasn’t hurt and the students and faculty were not endangered, police reported.

Bullock’s attorney, Jon Gillenwater, argued that the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his client committed the crimes. The jury should take the evidence presented seriously, Gillenwater said, since the case would impact Bullock’s life.

The trial before Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss is expected to take several days.