Trial set for GV man accused of murder

KINGMAN - Mohave County Judge James E. Chavez set a trial date for a Golden Valley man accused of first-degree murder.

The trial for Jack Darrell McGee, 23, will begin at 9:30 a.m. on April 9 with a jury trial management conference at 2 p.m. on March 15.

Prosecutor Greg McPhillips said the defense had presented a guilty-but-insane plea, with all of his sentence to be spent in a hospital, to the Mohave County Attorney's Office. McPhillips said that he would not be accepting the plea and will take the case to trial.

McGee is charged with the murder of Billy Dewayne Carlton Jr., 26, of Golden Valley, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of drive-by shooting and one count of discharging a firearm at a residence. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Oct. 21, 2005, and is currently being held without bond.

The defense attorney for McGee, Carlene Lacy, expressed her desire to start the trial. "I want a firm trial date," Lacy said. "I won't be willing to continue this anymore."

The drive-by shooting and discharging a firearm at a residence charges were related to an incidence occurring on July 15, 2005, at the home of John Carlton, the brother of the man McGee is accused of killing.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a shots-fired call at a residence in the 5700 block of Abrigo Drive on Oct. 4, 2005. Upon arrival, they found two male victims with gunshot wounds.

Carlton was pronounced dead at the scene and Jim Neal McGee of Kingman was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center and later University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

The deceased victim's father, Billy Dewayne Carlton Sr. of Golden Valley, also was fired at but was not hit. Bullhead City police stopped McGee because the vehicle he was in matched the description of the vehicle in an attempt-to-locate broadcast by the MCSO. McGee had a handgun in possession but later admitted in an interview he dumped the gun used in the incident over Davis Dam.

McGee also admitted during the interview to shooting at the three men. According to police documents, he said voices were telling him he needed to kill Carlton Jr. and John Carlton in order to live his life following an altercation between the trio a year earlier.