DeRosier pleads not guilty to attempted murder charges

Jacob Michael DeRosier

A John Day man pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges Thursday.

Jacob Michael DeRosier pleaded not guilty to two attempted murder charges, two first-degree assault charges, unlawful discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm in Grant County Circuit Court Thursday, Oct. 27.

DeRosier’s not guilty plea was entered before all forensic evidence related to the case had been analyzed. His attorney, Timothy Gassner, asked that his client have the ability to retract the plea when all forensic evidence had been fully analyzed. Judge William D. Cramer Jr. approved the request.

Fingerprints on a baseball bat and kitchen knife had still not been fully analyzed, according to Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter.

DeRosier’s trial is set to begin April 17, and a hearing will be held Feb. 15. He is accused of shooting two men at the Riverside Mobile Home Park in John Day in late April.

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