A man who was charged with several felonies, including attempted murder, had his case dismissed by the court on the eve of the trial.
Delmas Wilson was charged with five felony counts stemming from an incident in April 2019, according to court records obtained before the trial. Officers from the Alliance Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of West 14th Street based on the report of a “female heard crying and screaming in pain.”
When officers arrived they spoke with a woman who said Wilson allegedly attempted to smother her with a pillow during an altercation. She was transported to the hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.
According to court records, the woman also told officers Wilson had allegedly tried to smother her on more than one occasion and had allegedly forced her to have intercourse on two separate occasions through the use of violence and threats.
On the eve of the trial, Wilson was facing the charges of two counts of first degree sexual assault, each a class 2 felony, attempted second degree murder, a class 2 felony, and distribution of a controlled substance—marijuana, a class 2A felony. The bench trial was set to begin on June 4 and was expected to last until June 5.
At 4:15 p.m. on June 3, Deputy Box Butte County Attorney Larry Miller filed a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, meaning the case could be retried at a later date. The Alliance Times-Herald made multiple attempts to contact Miller regarding the dismissal of the case, but he failed to return any messages before press time.
On June 4, District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman issued an order to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning the case can not be resubmitted. Judge O’Gorman also ordered that a witness in the case who traveled from Texas for the trial be reimbursed for his expenses.
“The Court finds that the dismissal should be and is with prejudice,” Judge O’Gorman’s order stated. “This matter has been pending for over eight months. The matter was dismissed on the eve of the trial. A witness arrived here from the State of Texas whom the county of Box Butte must reimburse his expenses, which total over $1,200.00.”